Akasaki Shrine | 日本長門旅遊指南

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Akasaki Shrine

Genre : 寺院及神社

Area : 深川/湯本地區

The traditional Akasaki Festival has been held at this shrine since the Momoyama Period (1573-1600), shortly before Japan was unified under its first shogunate.

The northwest portion of the shrine grounds include a naturally-formed bowl-shaped amphitheater, the Akasaki Gallery. The amphitheater is used for performances, and is a nationally-designated Important Tangible Cultural Property. Among the events held here is the 400 year-old Akasaki Festival. These traditional festivities began in the year 1596, when a bovine disease epidemic had struck the area. When the village people prayed to the guardian deity of Akasaki Shrine, a god of agriculture, the epidemic dissipated, and in a show of gratefulness, it is said that the villagers held performances of dances and other arts.


Akasaki Festival is held at the shrine every year on September 10th.

Higashi-fukawa, Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture 759-4101
By train:
20 minute walk from Nagato-shi Station on the JR San'in Main Line

By bus:
5 minute walk from "Akasaki-jinja-mae" bus stop

By car (from within Nagato):
10 minute drive from Nagato-shi Station on the JR San'in Main Line

By car (from outside Nagato):
35 minutes from the Mine Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway
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