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Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka

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Dedicated to the god of war and good fortune, Hakozaki Shrine represents one of the three great Hachiman temples in the country. Originally established in the 10th century, it sustained damage during the Mongol invasions of the 13th century. The Japanese managed to drive off invaders with the help of a divine wind, gaining the temple a burgeoning reputation. Nowadays, this reputation attracts annual visits from professional baseball teams and other local sporting organizations as they pray for victory. Take a peaceful stroll through the ample gardens surrounding the structure, and look out for Hakomatsu, a sacred and revered tree. The fenced-off pine signifies where Japanese emperor Ojin's placenta was buried after his birth. Use our Fukuoka itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Hakozaki Shrine and other attractions in Fukuoka.
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  • Hakozakigu is truly a beautiful shrine. The shrine-complex includes several buildings and the shrine-ground is vast. I can imagine that it would also be a very peaceful place on a normal day if not... 
    Hakozakigu is truly a beautiful shrine. The shrine-complex includes several buildings and the shrine-ground is vast. I can imagine that it would also be a very peaceful place on a normal day if not...  more »
  • We were lucky to watch the ceremony marking the first day of the Hojoya Festival in the evening of September 12 and the procession of the portable shrines. We did not actually have the time to see... 
    We were lucky to watch the ceremony marking the first day of the Hojoya Festival in the evening of September 12 and the procession of the portable shrines. We did not actually have the time to see...  more »
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  • One of the shrines designated as an important cultural asset. The shrine was founded in 923. It is a historic shrine which has maintained its dignity and purity for over 1000 years. The grounds are beautifully cleaned and the atmosphere is invigorating. Very near from a subway station.
  • We stopped here on our way home. We saw many little girls dressed in kimonos and boys in hakama sets. Asked a local what was happening, and discovered it was a celebration of Shichigosan, children reaching the ages of 7, 5, and 3 years of age. I didn't take pictures of the families out of respect for their ceremony and privacy, but it was wonderful to see.

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