Aso Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu district. The shrine is dedicated to Takeiwatatsu no Mikoto ( the god of Mt. Aso ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan) , and was occupying the highest rank among the shrines of a province.
More Details (Japanese Site)
"阿蘇神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||3083, Ichinomiyamachimiyaji, Aso-shi, Kumamoto, Japan
"熊本県阿蘇市一の宮町宮地３０８３" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||60-minute drive from the Kumamoto I.C. on the Kyushu Expressway.|
|Admission Fee||Free in the precincts|
Ichinomiya (一宮, also 一の宮 or 一之宮, first shrine) is a historical term referring to the Japanese Shinto shrines with the highest shrine rank in a province or prefecture.
Most of the old provinces of Japan had one or more ichinomiya, which gave rise to place names, such as the city of Ichinomiya, Aichi. Shrines of the lower rank are called ninomiya (二宮, second), sannomiya (三宮, third), shinomiya (四宮, fourth), and so forth.
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