The most noticeable feature of this shrine at first glance is the large white base which supports the red roof above it. This shrine was built to commemorate the spirit of the six year old Emperor Antoku, who died here during the decisive Battle of Dan-no-Ura between the Minamoto and Taira clans in 1185.
The shrine is a good sightseeing spot for the Shimonoseki Straits
Hoichi Hall and the statue of Hoichi the Earless are must see
Seven mounds represent dead Taira warriors
The large fish market, Karato Ichiba, is nearby
Take a bus from either of the main stations.
Take the JR Sanyo Line to JR Shimonoseki Station. Akuma-jingu Shrine is a ten minute bus ride from there. Alternatively, take the Sanyo Shinkansen to Shin-Shimonoseki Station, and Akuma-jingu is a twenty minute bus ride from there.
Inside the shrine are seven mounds which represent the Taira Clan warriors lost in the battle. You can also see a statue of Hoichi the Earless, a character from a traditional ghost story popularised abroad by the writer Lafcardio Hearn in 1904.