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Mekari Shrine, Kitakyushu

#4 of 38 in Historic Sites in Kitakyushu
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Mekari Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Moji-ku, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan.HistoryThe wife of Emperor Chūai, Empress Jingū, came here sometime during the legendary military invasion of Korea in the 3rd century. She had Mekari Shrine built as a way of giving thanks to the gods to whom she was indebted. The present main shrine was rebuilt in 1767 by the Ogasawara clan from Harima.Mekari Shinji Shinto ritualIn the shrine’s Shinto ritual called Mekari Shinji, wakame seaweed is cut from the ocean at low tide and offered to an altar in a ceremony conducted in the early morning hours of the first day of the New Year according to the old lunar calendar. The ritual is thought to bring about good luck and has been designated an Intangible Folk Cultural Asset by Fukuoka prefecture.
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  • This Shinto shrine, which is located at the north end of Kyushu, is well known for its ritual called Mekari Shinji. From this place, you can enjoy a nice view of Kanmon Strait.  more »
  • As part of our private tour around Kitakyushu, our guide brought us to the Mekari Shrine with a view of the Kammon Bridge. The Shrine is not large but has played in important role in blessing all...  more »
  • Shrine just beside the water, offering also a large view on Kanmon bridge.
  • Good view

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