Yaku-jinja Shrine

Yaku-jinja Shrine
AREA… Miyanoura
LOCATION… about 450 meters from Miyanoura-ohashi Bridge
                  (5 min. on foot) / about 19 km from Anbo (28 min. by car)
NEAREST BUS STOP… No.23 Miyanoura bus stop 
                                (350 meters/ 4 min. on foot)
Yaku-jinja Shrine is located in Miyanoura, about 17 minutes by car (10.7 km) from the airport. This shrine was established in 806 A.D. as a guardian of both Tanegashima Island and Yakushima Island. It enshrines “Amatsuhikohohodeminomikoto” or “Yamasachihiko” as the main deity and is considered as one of the most prestigious shrines in Kagoshima prefecture. There is a pair of statues, Kongorikishi-Agyo (opened-mouthed) and Ungyo (closed mouthed) in the precinct. They were made during the Tenpo era (1830 – 1844) and are designated as the town cultural assets.

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