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Maejin Shrine / Kunikake Shrine

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365 Akizuki, Wakayama, 640-8322, Japan

Hinokuma Shrine and Kunikakasu Shrine is a Shinto shrine complex in Wakayama, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. It is officially known simply as nichizengū. Its main festival is held annually on September 26. It shares the rank of the Ise Grand Shrine in the shinkai system.

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Mondays: 5:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Tuesdays: 5:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Wednesdays: 5:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Thursdays: 5:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Fridays: 5:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturdays: 5:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Sundays: 5:00 AM – 4:30 PM

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川﨑彩子 2 weeks ago

It’s my first time here🙆 Quiet and the sound of trees and wind 🌿 It is a shrine where you can feel the sacred atmosphere ✴️ Photography is also prohibited in the sacred area. Both Maejin Shrine and Kunikake Shrine Photography is prohibited 🙅

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紀廣人 4 weeks ago

I visited Mae-jingu Shrine and Kunikasu-jingu Shrine (Hinokuma-jingu Shrine and Kunikasu-jingu Shrine) as the first shrine of Wakayama's three shrines (Ita-Kiso Shrine, Kamayama Shrine, Mae-jingu Shrine and Kunikake-jingu Shrine). This is a historic shrine, and I wanted to take photos and other records, but unfortunately, photography is not allowed in the sacred area at the back of the shrine grounds. Mae-mae-okami and Kunikake-okami are respectively enshrined there. The objects of worship are Higata no Kagami and Hiboko no Kagami, and these are said to have been created together with the Yata no Kagami, one of the three sacred treasures. Therefore, it is considered to be a shrine comparable to Ise Grand Shrine, which enshrines Amaterasu Omikami with the Yatagagami as its object of worship. Ise Grand Shrine and Coco are the only shrines to which the Imperial Court did not confer divine rank.

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ADream In Japan a year ago

Loses a star for no English signage! There’s two shrines here, and they are combined on the ¥500 shuin which, though beautiful, is unfortunately pre-stamped and being handed out due to corona. The priests wouldn’t give us the shuin until we had gone to pray at both shrines. That was different. When you walk back the path splits left and right. The left is Hinokuma shrine. The right is kunikakasu, which is the Ichinomiya and primary shrine. The grounds had free parking only for shrine visitors as it’s right in the city center on a main road. It was well kept, but not wheelchair friendly at all either as it was all gravel. For how big and famous this was I was disappointed in the accessible limitations for wheelchairs and English.

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cindy cherry 4 years ago

so cold

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Eric Lim 5 years ago

One of the shinto shrine to visit when you take the wakayama electric railways. Its very close to the station and this place is very serene eith lots of trees around the area.