Hakozaki Hachiman Shrine (箱崎八幡神社)

Hokusatsu Area History and Culture

Hakozaki Hachiman Shrine is home to the largest shrine bell in Japan. At 4m high, 3.4m wide and 5t in weight, it is an impressive sight that demands to be rung. It is reportedly the best shrine in Japan to make a wish for luck or height. Look out for the posts to measure how tall you are!

Beautiful statues of cranes, a reminder of Izumi’s importance as a migratory ground, can be found flanking the path to the tori grate and throughout the grounds. There is also a line of tori gates in rich vermillion similar to the famous tori gate tunnels of Kyoto.

Adjacent to the shrine is a silver replica of the gold bell. Inside it are ancient face masks and Japan’s smallest shrine bell, which measures only 2mm across. Pick up the magnifying glass to help you spot it!

Basic Information

Address 鹿児島県出水市上知識町46
Telephone Number 0996-62-2219
Business Days/ Hours Business Days
Open all year round
Fee Free ¥0
Website Visit Japanese Website
  • 駐車場
  • トイレ
  • クレジットカード
  • WIFI
  • バリアフリー対応可
  • ベジタリアンメニュー相談可
  • ムスリムメニュー相談可
  • 祈祷所


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