Salmon Shrine (Sake Jinja)
The Salmon Shrine is the only shrine in Japan dedicated to salmon (sake). It is said that this shrine was built-in the year 769 (Jingo-Keiun 3). Until the early Showa period (1926-1989), the salmon went up the river near the shrine. For the people in the town of Okuma Town, salmon are considered as a god of the sea. Therefore, they cannot eat salmon. However, there is an exception to this rule! There is an interesting tradition that still remains to this day. In order to not anger the gods, the salmon are referred to as trout when eaten. Every year on December 13, a festival called Kenkeisai commemorates the migration of the salmon. Salmon caught in the Onga River are offered at this festival! Near the archway of this shrine is a tree referred to as the Married Couple Tree which is supposed to bring luck in marriage.
|Address||820-0304 542 Okuma, Kama City|
Kama City Commerce and Industry Sighseeing Section
|Parking||Parking for 20 cars nearby|
|Access||*About a 3 minute walk from Nishitetsu Bus Okuma bus stop
*25 minute drive from the Honamihigashi Interchange off of the Yakiyama Bypass
|Genre||Shrines and Temples (History and Culture)|
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