Kushida Shrine


Guardian deity of Hakata, famous for the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Hakata Gion Yamakasa.

"Okushida-san,” as it is affectionately called by locals, is the oldest shrine in the city and is known as the guardian shrine of Hakata. 
Since ancient times, worshippers have flocked to the enshrined god of longevity and business success. It is believed that the shrine was built to share a god with Kushida Shrine of Matsuzaka, in Ise province. The current main building of the shrine was built during the Hakata restoration by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the 16th century.
Towering over the entrance to the shrine is the Kushida Ginkgo Tree, which is mentioned in Hakata Iwai Uta (Hakata celebration song) and is a designated cultural property of Fukuoka Prefecture. At over 1,000 years old, it is widely revered as a sacred tree.
Hakata's signature summer festival, Hakata Gion Yamakasa, is dedicated to Kushida Shrine. Decorative yamakasa (decorative “mountain” floats) are on display all year round (except June). The towering 13 meter-high yamakasa present fantastic photo opportunities. The climax of the festival sees throngs of people gather along the road to see the starting point of the Oiyama race between district teams and their floats.

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 812-0026 福岡県福岡市博多区上川端町1-41
Address 1-41, Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 092-291-2951
Fax Number 092-281-7180
Open Opening hours 4:00am-10:00pm, company service 9:00am-5:00pm.
Closed without a holiday
Car Park Parking for visitors 100 cars. 
[8:00am - 0:00am] 100 yen / 20 min. 
[0:00am-8:00am] 100 yen / 1 hour.
Access Underground: 5-minute walk from Gion Station Exit 2 or Nakasu Kawabata Station.
Nishitetsu Bus: 5 mins walk from Canal City Hakata-mae.
Fukuoka Urban Expressway: 5 mins from Gofukumachi ramp.
Website https://yokanavi.com/en/spot/26906/

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

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  • Kawazu-zakura-0


    Kawazu-zakura are the variety of cherry tree found in the shrine grounds. They blossom from around the end of February, earlier than most other cherry trees.


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