Usajingu Shrine

Usajingu Shrine, Usa

Usajingu Shrine
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
06:00 - 21:00
Monday
06:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 21:00
Thursday
06:00 - 21:00
Friday
06:00 - 21:00
Saturday
06:00 - 21:00
Sunday
06:00 - 21:00

4.5
349 reviews
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Robert L
2 contributions
Apr 2021
I have visited this shrine a number of times and have found it to be a colorful and pleasant place to visit. The contrast between the brightly colored buildings and the trees around them makes for a beautiful sight to see. Sakura viewing in spring and the colors of trees at their autumn best make for the best times to visit here but it is a wonderful place to visit anytime of the year.
Written 2 January 2022
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Tour759193
88 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Head of all shrines across Japan well respected by the Japanese royal family and considered sacred by many. Very quiet on my day of visit in July with just a few tourists. A relaxed and soul-calming one hour stroll was definitely worth the many stairs up and down the hill. Unfortunately none of the main buildings were open for visits and can only be appreciated from the ground outside or peeping through the gates. Well maintained and glorious. The orange/red on green/dark foliage background make this shrine quite photogenic. Well worth a visit even it is a long way in Usa far away from other popular tourist destinations.
Written 25 July 2019
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JinjjaDaebakk
Singapore, Singapore106 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
It is a famous shrine in Usa and very worth visiting. The shrines are well preserved and it is really quiet so there is a sense of peace. There was still some autumn foliage when we went and it was really beautiful. A great escape from the bustling city life.
Written 14 January 2019
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yoshiy475
Ibaraki, Japan50 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
based on my experience, this shrine is one of the best shrines in Japan. i have visited Many famous shrine in Japan as Ise, Fushimi inari, Meiji and so on. and still I feel this place is very sacred. It is located in Usa city and is a little unconvinient to get there. still worth visiting if you like rural side walking.
Written 5 January 2019
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Didier R
Paris, France20 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
you can't miss this great shrine. audioguide is recomended to feel the history. tourist information staff is very kind and helpful.
Written 16 December 2018
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Reg C
Au6 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
Temple - quite impressive in detail, architecture and colour.
Not crowded and a beautiful, peaceful setting.
Written 1 December 2017
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Rowena P
Adelaide, Australia264 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
This is a beautiful shrine, however the gardens and the surrounding buildings are worth just as much time! If you can, get a monk to talk you through the history of the Shrine and how they craft these buildings (it's interesting and makes you appreciate the intricacy, the time taken and the artistic beauty even more). Japan is full of culture and value, it is a simply stunning country.
Written 10 November 2017
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tomizuta1953
Funabashi, Japan1,131 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
In the process of the establishment of the Yamato Court which was the start of the monarchy of Japan, the Yamato Court was confronted by the Emishi people in the north and the Hayato people in the south. Shougun was a title bestowed to a champion to conquer these people. Tokugawa Shougun was a title bestowed by the Emperor to the Tokugawas to authorize them to govern on their behalf. I understand that an Emperor’s army led by a Shougun was sent to Kyuushuu to settle a revolt of the Hayato in the early 8th century. On their way they prayed for victory in Usa to God Yawata who is believed to be the incarnation of Emperor Oujin. When the wish was granted, the Yamato Court ordered the construction of Usa-jinguu to worship God Yawata in 725. Shortly thereafter shrines to worship Goddess Hime (Daughter of Goddess Amaterasu and protector of the sea) and Empress Jinguu (Mother of Emperor Oujin, a lady warrior) were added, so in total three deities are worshipped. So highly respected was God Yawata, that shrines to worship him was created in all around Japan. It is easy to understand why the samurai and feudal lords built shrines to pray for victory to God Yawata. As such, there are over forty thousand Yawata shrines in Japan. Of these, Iwashimizu-hachimanguu in Kyoto and Tsuruoka-hachimanguu in Kamakura are the most prominent. Hachiman in Chinese characters are the same as Yawata, literally meaning six banners. Legend says that God Yawata repented the killings of the Hayato and prayed to Buddha for salvation. Although demolished after the Meiji Restoration, a Buddhist temple Mirokuji temple had stood within Usa-jinguu. This we learnt was perhaps the earliest manifestation of Shintou-Buddhism fusion. If you are interested in the history and culture of Ooita please visit my homepage Rediscovering Japan (Ooita).
Written 20 October 2017
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MarkKwok
Vancouver129 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
After visiting the super busy Daizafu Temmangu, I was seeking quiet temple grounds near Fukuoka and found this shrine.

I took the train from Hakata to Usa (90 minutes), and then the bus to Usa Jinga. The bus is one per hour, at 240 yen, and takes 7 minutes. A taxi is about 1,400 yen.

The grounds of the shrine is huge. There is a beautiful lotus pond, the Kurehashi (a beautiful unique bridge with a thatched roof), an upper shrine complex and a lower shrine complex. The area leading to the upper shrine is impressive, guarded by a big torii gate, with a smaller torii gate on the right.

I didn't notice any foreign tour groups when I was there and it may be one of the best kept secrets from foreigners.

When you are at the Usa train station, make sure you look up the mountain as there are big letters on the mountain top which reads "USA".
Written 25 September 2017
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StefanS71
Munich, Germany276 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
there is no admission fee!! (only for museum and parking). In the travel book we have it is said to be one of the most beautiful shrines in Kyushu - if not Japan. We have to agree. A very big area with a lot of buildings and the shrine is very beautiful. A must-see if you are in Kyushu. You do need a bit time to walk around (1h+), but possible to cut short and only check the area out partly. Even our teenagers were fascinated.
Written 8 September 2017
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  • Sun - Sat 06:00 - 21:00