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Published on 06.03.2016
Kego shrine; a shrine with rich history in the middle of downtown
Kego shrine stands in the midst of Tenjin, Fukuoka’s shopping and entertainment district. Although it’s surrounded by modern concrete buildings, this shrine boasts surprisingly long and rich history.
It’s said that legendary empress Jingu established Kego shrine in the 1st century at the spot where Fukuoka castle’s keep once stood. In 1601, the shrine had to move for the sake of the construction of a new castle and the local load, a noted samurai Kuroda Nagamasa, established the shrine here in 1608.
The name of Kego derived from a defence facility called Keigo, literally means guard or watch, therefore generations of local loads cherished the shrine as a guardian sprit, and local people have been worshipping here for protection from misfortune and diseases.
Take a foot spa and relax
I’ve personally never heard of a foot spa in shrine, but Kego shrine has one! It’s not natural volcanic spa but mineral rich water heated and filtered between 9.00 and 16.00. It’s free to use but donations are welcome at the offertory box on the wall.
Pat the face of the smiling foxes
Beside the worship hall of Kego shrine, there is a smaller Inari shrine called Imamasue Inari. After go through between two statues of glaring fox and under the row of red gates, you’ll find two statues of cute smiley foxes. A fox is believed to be a messenger of the goddess of a rich harvest and generations of worshippers pat them for good luck, so that the faces of smiling foxes are smooth and shiny now.
Address: 2-2-20, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Access: situated right middle of Tenjin district, and Just in front of Mitsukoshi department store, Kego shrine is easy to access by public transports.
Nishitetsu Omuta line Fukuoka Tenjin Station 1-minute walk
Fukuoka city subway Tenjin station 3-minute walk
Nishitetsu Bus Tenjin Keigo Jinja/Mitsukoshi-mae stop 1-minute walk
Source: Fukuoka City