Kirishima Shrine

Kirishima Shrine

Kirishima Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Kagoshima prefecture in Kyushu district. The shrine is dedicated to Ninigi no Mikoto ( the sun goddess Amaterasu's grandson who descended to earth ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan).

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Name Kirishima Shrine
"霧島神宮" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 2608-5, Kirishimataguchi, Kirishima-shi, Kagoshima, Japan
"鹿児島県霧島市霧島田口2608-5" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 40-minute drive from the Mizobe-Kagoshima Airport I.C. on the Kyushu Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0995-57-0001

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Amaterasu

Amaterasu (天照), Amaterasu-Omikami (天照大神/天照大御神/天照皇大神) or Ohirume-no-muchi-no-kami (大日孁貴神) is a part of the Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is seen as the goddess of the sun, but also of the universe. The name Amaterasu derived from Amateru means "shining in heaven". The meaning of her whole name, Amaterasu-?mikami, is "the great august kami (god) who shines in the heaven". According to the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki in Japanese mythology, the Emperors of Japan are considered to be direct descendants of Amaterasu.

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