Koga Shinto Alter Store


Koga Shinto Alter Store is a long-established store with nearly a 100-year history. The present second Shinto alter maker, Mr. Kuniaki Koga has made alters for 50 and more years preserving the traditional skills. Shinto alter making in Yanagawa is said to have been started by a Buddhist alter maker in Edo Era (1603 – 1868). Therefore, the Buddhist alter making technique appears characteristically throughout the Yanagawa’s Shinto alters. The Shinto alters are made using Japanese cypress only, and the beautiful wood grains and aroma enhance the mysterious image furthermore. There are three different types of Shinto alters. They are the Dazaifu style, the Ise style, and the Izumo style. In addition, the Shinto alter which Mr. Goga had made just for fun for the first time to keep lottery tickets in (2,000 yen) has a reputation for bringing good luck! Since it had been on newspapers and TV, it became famous nationwide and many letters have been sent by lottery winners (although no one tells how much he or she won …). Don’t you want to buy one and win a lottery?

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 832-0027 福岡県柳川市横山町10
Address 10 Yokoyama Town, Yanagawa City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 0944-72-4461(古賀神棚店)
Contact Koga Shinto Alter Store
Open 7:30am - 6pm
Closed Undetermined
Car Park Available; 4 vehicles
Access By car - About a 15 minute drive from the Miyama Yanagawa Interchange off the Kyushu Expressway
By train - A 15 minute walk from Yanagawa Station on the Nishitetsu’s Tenjin Omuta Line

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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