Terukuni Shrine is the most visited shrine in Kagoshima Prefecture.
Visitors are greeted as they pass through the torii gate by an inumaki tree (Buddhist pine) named "Saitaku," which resembles a crane spreading its wings.
The shrine's deity is Shimazu Nariakira, the 11th lord of the Satsuma Domain (Terukuni Daimyojin), who was a key person in the industrialization of Japan. The shrine was built in 1863, only 12 years after his death.
On the right side of the shrine is an open space where a bronze statue of Shimadzu Nariakira, the deity of the shrine, stands.
To the left of the shrine building is the Ukemochi Shrine, and behind it is the Mizumiya Shrine.
In addition, the Terukuni Shrine Museum is located on the left before the shrine from the parking lot, where visitors can learn about the genealogy of the Shimazu family and how Nariakira decided to make Japan wealthy and strong.
Admission to the Terukoku Shrine Museum is free.
|Address||19-35 Terukuni-cho, Kagoshima city|
|Open||8:30 am ~ 5:00 pm|
|Fee||Open throughout the year|
|Perking||Available (Free of Charge)|
From Kagoshima Chuo Station: