Kirishima Mine Jinja – A shrine dating back to the 6th century

Kirishima Mine Jinja – A shrine dating back to the 6th century

Kirishima Mine Jinja is one of the oldest shrines in Miyazaki prefecture. Dedicated to Ninigi-no-Mikoto and Konohanasakuya-hime amongst others, the shrine is believed to be a power spot.

Walking up the long stairway through ancient trees to the shrine did actually make me feel like there was a strange power brimming in the air. The shrine’s roots are deeply entertwined with Japan’s mythology and various festivals and ceremonies are held throughout the year. The Rokugatsudo in June is especially impressive with lantern lighting up the walkway to the shrine as well as the shrine itself.

Many ceremonies, like “Natsu goshi no Harai” are held throughout the year. Anyone is welcome to take part or just take in the traditional rituals.

The “Chinowa” is part of the “Ooharai Shiki” that is held twice a year. Once at the end of June, once around New Year’s.

A taiko performance is part of the ritual.

The beauty lies in the details.

The priest recites old texts during the ritual.

The ceremony finishes with the participants walking through the Chinowa three times.