2016年11月14日

'Ikuta Jinja' Shinto shrine standing in the very heart of Kobe is a legend-rich shrine and the name of Kobe derives from this.

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According to an ancient book in the 9th century, the whole area of present Chuo-ku, Kobe City was the precincts of Ikuta Jinja and was called 'Kanbe'. This old place name Kanbe had gradually changed to Kobe. The Honden main building in the picture was repeatedly damaged by floods, wars and earthquakes for longer than 1,000 years duration, however it was painstakingly reconstructed each time. The neighborhood of this shrine is dotted with many restaurants, bars and shops standing side by side each other, but a thick grove called 'Ikuta-no-Mori' spreads right behind this shrine. This grove is known as ancient battlefields in the 12th and 14th century, as well as a part of the temporary capital 'Fukuhara' in the 12th century. There are several affiliated shrines in this shrine grounds, among which 'Hocho-zuka' memorial mound for knives is found. This was built on behalf of nearby restaurant keepers, and is keeping watch over them for their business prosperities.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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