What comes in your mind
when you hear Shinto?
There are wide range of interpretations of it,
but Shinto accepts all of you regardless of your nationality or religion.
Torikai Hachimangu, located in Imagawa, in the center of Kyushu area’s hub city Fukuoka,
is a unique shrine with its 1800 years long history.
Nagamasa Kuroda Lord transferred Torikai Hachimangu’s land to where it is now
when he built his second residence in the west side of Fukuoka castle in 1608.
In Shinto the deities exist everywhere, so they also exist within the 1000 years old palm tree
which is a symbol as a longevity of this shrine, and the sacred gate as well.
Exploring the shrine will be your whole new experience.
Don’t be nervous about manners and rules.
We hope you will have fun through discovering Shinto shrines.
Now it’s been on the project called Sengu, which means the temporary transferring of the deities,
and the construction of new sanctuary will be finished by the end of December 2022.
The Office (Shamusho)
Information counter and selling our amulets here.
A wooden gate with a roof. It crosses over the road to the sanctuary.
A photo studio with costumes for rental.
Enshrining several deities of martial arts and food.
A Cow Statue
A Cow Statue (Nade-Ushi)
It is said that petting the statue will improve your medical condition. Pet the same part of your body on the cow statue.
Enishi Infant Daycare
Enishi Infant Daycare (Enishi Hoikuen)
Yukari Daycare (Yukari Hoikuen)
Enshrining a deity for prosperity of the business, and a deity of beauty.
The Main Sanctuary
The Main Sanctuary (Honden)
Where the priests offer prayers to the deity or hold some dedication festivals. It is now under construction. The new sanctuary will be opened by the end of December, 2022.
The current sanctuary. You can offer a prayer here.
Sacred Water (Furo Sui)
It is said that drinking this water will make you live longer and healthier. It’s named after Sukune Takenouchi who is said to have lived over 400 years. It’s passed the quality check.
A Shinto style columbarium facility. It was given Good Design Award 2021.
Seigo Nakano Statue
Seigo Nakano Statue
A statue of Seigo Nakano who worked as a politician through Taisho to Showa period. He built Shinbukan(A facility for martial arts) in the shrine.(It has been already demolished.)
A rental space. Kokonoe-beya, a Sumo team, have training in here every Kyushu Akibasho season.
1000-year-old Palm Tree
1000-year-old Palm Tree (Sen-nen Sotetsu)
One of the sacred trees. It is said that has lived over 1000 years and been cherished for its blessing of longevity.
Camphor Tree (Meoto-gusu)
One of the sacred trees. It is a tree of matchmaking. This tree has two main trunks and it’s been cherished for better relationships since it looks like two trunks snuggling each other like a couple.
Great Ginkgo Tree
Great Ginkgo Tree (Oo-Icho)
This tree once got all burned because of the bomb attacks during the Greater East Asian War. After few years, the new brunches grown from the burnt tree and it grew beautifully again. People cherish this tree as a symbol of growth.
Where you purify yourself before praying. (Not for drinking.)
Manners of worship
How to purify
What to do when you visit a Shinto shrine? It is a sacred place for praying, you must do a purification ritual before playing to Deities. Follow the manners and enjoy the whole experience.
At the Temizusya, the purification font
- Take one of the ladles with your right hand, and pour some water over your left hand.
- Then repeat the process with your left hand.
- Taking the ladle with your right hand again, pour some water into your left cupped hand and rinse your mouth. (Do not pour water directly from the ladle into your mouth.)
- Pour some water over your left hand again.
Aat Utsushi-no-miya, the current main sanctuary
- Make a bow.
- Make an offering with coins to the deity and shake a rope to ring the bell.
- Bow twice deeply.
- Clap twice and offer your prayer.
- Make a bow.
After offering a prayer, visitors can get amulets for further blessing. Omamori, Ofuda, Ema, Mikuji, Goshuin are available at the office.
A talisman for good luck.
An amulet from Ise Jingu and is blessed to bring safety and happiness to the household.
Fortune slips. You can read your fortune with the words on it.
Ema plaque for making a wish. Write down your wish on it and you leave it in shrine to dedicate it to the deity.
Red stamps hand-written by the priests. It proves that you’ve visited the shirine.
- 2-1-17 Imagawa, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Zip Code: 810-0054
- Office Hours
- 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Phone Number
Fukuoka City Subway
Hakata station → Toujinmachi station (10 minutes)
Fukuoka Airport station → Toujinmachi station (15 minutes)
→ 6 minutes walk from Exit #5 of Tojinmachi Station
*Nishitetsu Bus is also available in Fukuoka city.
Explore all neighborhoods
- ・Fukuoka City Museum (15 minutes)
- ・Ohori park (10 minutes)
- ・Fukuoka Tower (20 minutes)
- ・FUKUOKA PayPay Dome (15 minutes)
(*By walk from Torikai hachimangu.)