THINGS TO DO
Miyajidake Shrine is primarily dedicated to Okinagatarashi Hime no Mikoto (another name for Empress Jingu) and attracts over 2 million worshippers a year who pray for commercial success, good luck, and to ward off adversity.
The shrine conducts the “Tsuitachi Mairi” ritual on the first day of each month, beginning the First Prayer Festival at midnight. On these days, the paths leading to the shrine are lined with souvenir and food stalls open until late at night, drawing many worshippers all day long.
Some of the shrines features are its regal, five-ton sacred straw rope, its giant bass drum, and its great bell, which are collectively known as “the Three Number Ones” and are quite famous. Worshippers hoping for a little extra luck should try visiting each of the eight shrines on the grounds, a tradition known as “Oku no Miya Hachisha Mairi”.
Cherry blossoms, irises, and other seasonal flowers bloom throughout the year, and there are the Minkamura Natural Park and small petting zoo with horses, ponies, and goats that children will love! Don’t miss the sight of the city stretching to the ocean from the top of the stairs as you descend!
- Weekends and Holidays:
- Available: 400 vehicles
- By car – 10 minute drive from JR Fukuma Station on the Kagoshima Main Line By train and bus – from JR Fukuma Station, take the Nishitetsu bus bound for Tsuyazaki-bashi and get off at the Miyajidake Miya Mae stop
- Times Available:
- Prayer – 8:30am to 5pm Charm vending booth – 7am to 7pm Main Shrine Operating Hours – Sunrise to Sunset
- *General Good-Luck Charm: 800 Yen *Specific Good-Luck Charm: 800 Yen *Monthly Decorative Good-Luck Charms (supplies are limited; available from midnight on the first day of every month): 1,000 Yen *Great Prayer Festival Particiation Fee: from 10,000 Yen
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