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Enjoy the View over Fukuoka from the History-rich Atago Shrine

Enjoy the View over Fukuoka from the History-rich Atago Shrine

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Atago Shrine is a shrine atop a hill, where you can overlook the city of Fukuoka. Check out the three reasons that make it special and popular among tourists to Japan.

Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe

Written by Norihisa Hasegawa

Fukuoka is the largest city in the Kyushu region, famous for its rāmen, motsunabe pot dish, and mentaiko (cod roe), along with other delicious foods. The city area is also popular as a historic spot among tourists for the many shrines and temples found here.

Today we will introduce a shrine that overlooks the city of Fukuoka, Atago Shrine, and three points that make it special.

What is Atago Shrine?

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Atago Shrine (Atago jinja 愛宕神社) is the general name of a shrine dedicated to the fire god Kagutsuchi and to the deity that is considered the father of Japan, Izanami. There are shrines with the name Atago throughout Japan, but among them, Atago Shrine in Fukuoka is one of the Three Great Atago Shrines of Japan, along with the ones in Tokyo and Kyoto.

This shrine is the oldest in Fukuoka, being built in the year 72 AD, and is thought to grant wishes regarding warding off evil, good luck, love relationships and prevention of fires. It is also said to have the unique powers of granting wishes about stopping drinking and quitting smoking.

In the spring, 2000 sakura trees blossom and many tourists visit to enjoy hanami (cherry-blossom viewing parties), as well.

1. Gaze Over Fukuoka

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The first reason why Fukuoka's Atago Shrine is so popular is the scenic view from the shrine. From the top of the hill where Atago Shrine is located, you will be able to overlook the symbol of the city, Fukuoka Tower, as well as the ocean. The night view is also amazing, and is especially popular among couples.

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Many visitors to Atago Shrine take commemorative photos here. The number of visitors (both from overseas and domestic) has increased because the shrine is so easily accessible from the center of Fukuoka by subway.

2. Inari Shrine With Unique Offerings

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After you've enjoyed the view at Atago Shrine, you should head for the red torii gates a little way down the stairs.

There you will find yet another shrine, the Unome Inari Ōkami.

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This shrine has some unique osonaemono (offerings). This shrine is said to be dedicated to the god of tobacco and alcohol, thus many visitors leave cigarettes here. If you're a fan of alcohol or tobacco, you should try offering some osonaemono of your own.

3. Fresh Atago Mochi and Matcha

After seeing the two shrines, we recommend trying the famous Atago mochi rice cakes at Bintsukeya (びんつけ屋), located along the entrance path.

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They bake them after you order, so you will be able to eat fresh, hot mochi cakes. You won't be bored waiting either, because they make and bake the mochi right before your eyes.

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The most popular is the Atago Set (600 yen), which lets you enjoy both matcha tea and Atago mochi! The outer skin is crisp, filled with an (read bean paste, *1) that isn't too sweet, and is just delicious. The matcha tea is fresh as well, and the portions are large. No wonder it's so popular.

Every item on the menu has a photo to go with it, so no worries if you can't read Japanese.

*1 An: boiled and smashed azuki beans blended with sugar and starch syrup; a common ingredient in Japanese snacks and sweets.

In Conclusion

Atago Shrine is easily accessible from Hakata Station by subway. On a nice sunny day, you should definitely come and enjoy the beautiful view and hot Atago mochi rice cakes.

Information

Atago Shrine

Address: Fukuoka, Nishi, Atago 2-7-1
Hours: 08:00-17:30
Closed: None
Wi-Fi: No
Credit Cards: No
Languages: Japanese
Nearest Station: Muromi station (室見駅) of the Fukuoka City Subway
Access: 13-minute walk from Muromi station
Price Range: -
Religion: Shinto
Phone number: +81-92-881-0103
Homepage: http://atagojinja.com/

Special Thanks

Bintsukeya

Address: Fukuoka, Nishi, Atago 6-37
Hours: 09:00-17:00
Closed: Irregular holidays
Wi-Fi: No
Credit Cards: No
Languages: Japanese
Nearest Station: Muromi station (室見駅) of the Fukuoka City Subway.
Access: 13-minute walk from Muromi station
Price range: 1 Atago Mochi 150 yen ~
Religion: -
Phone number: +81-92-881-0543
Official website: -

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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