Misetaireiseki Shrine


This historic shrine is listed in the ancient Engishiki book that lists all the shrines that existed in the 10th century in Japan.

This mystical shrine, recorded in the ancient Engishiki book that lists all the shrines that existed in the 10th century, is said to originate with a legendary stone thought to enshrine the divine spirit of emperor Chuai, 14th emperor of Japan.
Misetaireiseki Shrine is one of only four shrines in the Chikugo area. Prefectural route 88 runs between the first and second Torii gates, and the long approach to the main shrine refreshes worshippers, who are greeted by lush greenery such as a Mochi-no-ki (elegance female holly), a Sakaki (Cleyera japonica), and a miraculous Chinese elm (Ulmus parvifolia) that is three trees grown together as one.
It is said that Emperor Chuai, 14th emperor of Japan, established this shrine here in order to conquer the Kumaso peoples, but later, when patrolling the front lines, he was struck by an enemy arrow and died. Legends say that later, when an army was sent to the Korean peninsula, they carried a stone enshrining the divine spirit of Emperor Chuai aboard the ship, and placed the former Emperor’s armor and helmet on the stone. Once the army won their battle, the stone came to be worshipped as the embodiment of the Emperor’s divine spirit and as a sacred stone that protected the Korean peninsula. In more modern times, Misetaireiseki Shrine was worshipped as the shrine holding the god that protects the 19 villages of Mihara county where it is located, making it one of the four shrines in the Chikugo area listed in the Engishiki record.
The legendary stone can apparently still be seen surrounded by the lush greenery of the grounds of the shrine, including holy camphor trees, red-bark oaks, and Japanese camellia. Visitors to the shrine can receive a Goshuin, or sacred seal in handwritten calligraphy.

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 838-0115 福岡県小郡市大保1032
Address 1032 Oho, Ogori City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 0942-75-3350
Car Park Several spaces
Access About 7 minutes walk from Oho Station on the Nishitetsu Omuta Line
Website https://kanko-ogori.net/misetaireiseki/

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


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