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Ikuta Shrine, Kobe

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Dedicated to the Shinto goddess Wakahirume, Ikuta Shrine stands as one of the oldest structures of its kind in the country. Thought to have its origins in the 3rd century, the shrine has survived the destruction of Japan's medieval-era civil wars and World War II. The classic architecture of swooped roofs, wooden pillars, and stone statues is accented by a red-and-gold color scheme. Enjoy some time outdoors by wandering the grounds and discovering the duck pond and pathways around the shrine. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Ikuta Shrine by using our Kobe family vacation planner.
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  • As many temples and shrines it is very crowded, but worth seing this amazing corridor and shrine. don't miss it !  more »
  • It was not filled with tourists, which was very nice. It was beautiful to see and surprisingly peaceful. It's also in a great location - close to the main area of Kobe so it was easy to get to.  more »
  • For shrines in general, people mention crowds of tourists. Out in Kobe, I visited on a Saturday afternoon, around 4pm. It wasn't crowded, as far as shrines go. One thing I do notice is weekdays, not e...  more »
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  • Admission fee not required. One of the oldest shrine in Japan. Recommended to go on 15th July.
  • Ikuta shrine is an absolutely peaceful place located within the city of Kobe, closer to the Sannomiya station. It's a very well maintained place which is quite popular among both locals and foreigners. Also gets very busy during the dawn of new year due to the religious activities which attracts thousands of people. According to the locals, this is one of the nicest shrines in Kobe. A must visit place if you're touring around.
  • Nice shrine in the city. Easy to visit.
  • Smack in the middle of downtown Kobe this is a beautiful step back in time. One of the oldest shinto shrines in Japan, and the site of some Gempei War skirmishes. Obviously, the structures have been rebuilt, but the site is the same from its establishment in the early 200s. A must-see when traveling to Kobe.
  • Beautiful shrine in the heart of the city. We read in a previous review that there's a shortcut to the Kobe mosque through this shrine so we tried it, and yes it was. We also love the cleanliness and decent exterior of the shrine!