“Power spots” are the current craze in Japan, which literally mean a place which has the “power” to heal the mind and using the “power” of Mother Nature as therapy and boost one’s spirit. A trip or tourist spot where one receives energy in both mind and body is also called “power spot.” Fukuoka is dotted with these so-called power spots. This time, we’ll be focusing on introducing shrines to all of you.
Dazaifu Tenmangu: God of Learning
Dazaifu Tenmangu is the main Tenmangu shrine in Japan. Sugawara no Michizane is revered here as the god of learning. It is also known as one of the leading tourist spots in Fukuoka Prefecture. It’s a recommended power spot to visit because the shrine is an exceedingly powerful temple of energy.
The Tenkai Inari Shrine located at the northeast of the Dazaifu Tenmangu main shrine is also highly popular as a power spot. It’s so popular that a lot of people come and go, making it a bit difficult to grasp that spiritual environment. It’s also said that the area around the big tree in front of the entrance to the grounds also has energy.
People visit Dazaifu Tenmangu from all over Japan for field trips, particularly students who are about to take exams. It is also a good place to go to for people praying for good health. However, there’s a rumor from the people living in Dazaifu that couples who cross the red bridge in the shrine grounds together will end up breaking up… So in order to not break up, it seems like a good idea to cross that bridge in groups of three instead.
Hakozaki Shrine: God of Victory
Hakozaki Shrine is called Hakozaki Hachimangu (shrine of the god of war) and is known as the highest-ranking shrine in the Chikuzen Province (an old area of Japan which is now part of the Fukuoka Prefecture). Out of all the Hachimangu shrines in Japan, this one can be counted as one of the biggest three.
Called the “god of victory,” the professional baseball team of Fukuoka (Softbank Hawks) and soccer teams as well pay a visit to Hakozaki Shrine every year. It’s also often shown on television that the popular shrine where participants of the Fukuoka Marathon pray to for victory is none other than Hakozaki Shrine.
As a power spot, there is quite a strong energy inside the shrine. An 800-year old tree called “Ookusu” and a stone called “Yuushutsu” are also known power spots of the shrine. Particularly, good fortune is said to come your way if you touch the Yuushutsu stone.
Kamado Shrine: Tied in Love and Marriage
Kamado Shrine is known and revered as a shrine for marriage and warding off evil. It has two shrines, one at the top of Mount Houmon, while the other is at the base.
As a power spot, there are times when the presence of the god is strongly felt at Kamado Shrine, but it seems that there are quite a lot of times when the presence cannot be felt. When the presence of the lucky god is there, one will be able to receive its grace and blessing if they visit during that time.
Miyajidake Shrine: The Best Shimenawa in Japan
Miyajidake Shrine is popular for having the biggest shimenawa (Shinto rope used as a talisman against evil) in Japan, and is also known as the shrine for the good fortune of a thriving business. The main shrine out of all the Miyajidake shrines in the country, its streets are lined with souvenir shops, making it a lively and bustling shrine.
As a power spot, to say the least, its front shrine holds a strong energy as well as an overwhelming atmosphere. This is a spot for those who wish to see the biggest shimenawa in Japan for themselves.
Munakata Grand Shrine: The Three Goddesses
Munakata Grand Shrine is the shrine for the three Munakata goddesses, and is the main shrine out of the approximately 7,000 Munakata shrines all over Japan. The three goddesses, Hetsu-gu, Nakatsu-gu, and Okitsu-gu are worshipped here, and are collectively called as the Munakata Taisha (grand shrine). This shrine is formerly revered as the god of maritime protection and safe voyages.
Sumiyoshi Shrine: God of Sea
Also called “Chikuzen Ichinomiya,” Sumiyoshi Shrine was built 1800 years ago and is the oldest shrine out of the approximately 2,000 Sumiyoshi shrines all over Japan. Its enshrined deity is collectively called “Sumiyoshi sanjin” (the three Sumiyoshi gods) and has strong purification and cleansing powers. Because the shrine was formerly close to the sea, the Sumiyoshi gods are also heavily revered as gods of voyage.