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Ikari Shrine

A historical shrine dedicated to a notable Edo period lord and a sea deity, surrounded by Hiroshima’s cherry blossoms.

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Ikari Shrine is an important symbol of Hiroshima’s spiritual history, established to honor the Edo period figure Maeda Toshitsune. Featuring historical architecture and traditional festivals, the shrine offers a peaceful insight into Japan’s feudal era.

About Ikari Shrine

Ikari Shrine, known as Ikari-jinja, is a significant site in Hiroshima with a storied past. Founded to venerate Maeda Toshitsune, a significant feudal lord from the Edo period (1603-1868), the shrine still celebrates his contributions to the region’s prosperity and safety. The name “Ikari,” meaning “anchor,” reflects its connection to the sea deity Owatsumi and the maritime heritage of the area.

The shrine boasts a beautiful main hall and a striking torii gate, which have been reconstructed to reflect traditional aesthetics. The grounds also feature a number of historical statues, including a stone komainu guardian lion-dog from the 1800s, which has withstood the atomic bombing.

Surrounding the shrine are cherry trees and other resilient flora that enhance its beauty, particularly during the cherry blossom season when the shrine hosts evening illumination events. Through its connection to nature, Ikari Shrine stands as a symbol of renewal.

As a cultural hub, Ikari Shrine’s annual festival occurs in October, featuring traditional performances and local culinary offerings. The shrine also plays an integral role in the Futabanosato Historical Walking Trail, showcasing the region’s rich history.

Highlighting cultural practices, Ikari Shrine’s autumn festival includes kagura dance performances, a form of Shinto ritual dance. These events offer insight into Japanese performing arts and traditions.

Providing a quiet contrast to the busy city, the shrine is a place for reflection and spiritual connection. With historical markers and features like an old water pump, visitors can touch the past while the shrine itself remains an inviting space for contemplation and community events.

Overall, Ikari Shrine is a nexus of history, culture, and beauty, inviting appreciation for Japan’s enduring legacy. Visitors are welcomed to explore, engage with the celebrations, and enjoy the tranquil environment it offers.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Ikari Shrine


Hiroden Hakushima
 Hiroden Route 9

 5-10 minute walk (500m)

 Astram Line + 1 more

 5-10 minute walk (600m)

 Hiroden Route 1 + 3 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.6km)

Around Ikari Shrine

Ikari Shrine

Shinto Shrine in Hiroshima

open 9am - 5pm
closed Irregularly


碇神社, 広島

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