If you google Atago Shrine, you will most likely get the one from Tokyo and Kyoto. Apparently there are many Atago Shrines in Japan, about 900 of them. The Atago Shrine Fukuoka is not a famous shrine. It is located west of the city on a slope. It’s hard to get to and since public transport is limited to get to it, you have to go up to it by foot. There are advantages for this of course. This means that it is usually not crowded. You can take your time visiting the site.
According to the sign above on the site, it is known for monthly visits of its worshipers. It is said to have miraculous power with extinguishing fire, improving luck, bringing long life, and making business prosper.
HOW TO GET HERE:
From Hakata Station, take the Fukuoka Subway Kuko line and stop at Muromi station. From there it’s about 700 meters or 20 minutes walk to the Atago Shrine. You walk over a bridge, then turn right. Then turn left and go up the mountain. We didn’t see a lot of people walking up because it was a hike. Most people go by private car and I would want that too. 😛
As with any shrines, you have to cleanse your hands and mouth. I think this charm is really charming.
There are red pillars just like the Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto. Maybe this is the one for business since the one in Kyoto is also a shrine for business.
There are also foxes in front of this small shrine. We saw some cigarettes and lighters there. We read somewhere that this is the shrine to quit smoking. So, you can always come here if you want to do that. 🙂
This is the main shrine and we said a little prayer.
All the 100 yen fortunes are also in Japanese so we didn’t get one.
But I got a prayer tablet for 1000 yen. I wrote some wishes on it. I also got a cat trinket here that was inexpensive. We also got some daruma dolls.
This shrine attracts people for the views. It overlooks Hakata Bay.
The views are really stunning here at the Atago Shrine Fukuoka.
Address: 2-7-1 Atago, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0015, Fukuoka Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 92-881-0103