Kanzaki-jinja Shrine 神崎神社

A distinctive seaside shrine with exquisite wood carvings

Located on a small street in a fishing town on the Sea of Japan, Kanzaki-jinja is a somewhat unknown treasure of Tottori Prefecture . Built around the end of the 17th century and with a design reportedly inspired by Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Kanzaki-jinja draws tourists for its elaborate carpentry and wood carvings.

Quick Facts

The main hall was built in 1853 by Sonosaburo Ogura, shrine carpenter to the feudal lord Yoshikatsu Ikeda

Sailors and fishermen pay their respects at this shrine for safe passage

How to Get There

The most convenient way of reaching the shrine is by car.

By train, Kanzaki-jinja Shrine is a 20-minute walk from Akasaki Station on the JR Sanin Main Line.

Historical context

The shrine is dedicated to Susanoo, the Shinto god of the sea and storms. Susanoo was said to have defeated an eight-headed dragon, Yamato no Orochi, who terrorized the neighboring province of Izumo. Exquisite carvings of this legendary battle scene are engraved into the awning of the main hall. The shrine is also notable for its expertly carved wooden beams and brackets.

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