The shrine is said to have been first built in 858, but was destroyed by fire in a battle in 1586 and moved to its present location in 1596.
The shrine is highly prestigious due to the faith of the Nakagawa clan, the lord of the Oka domain, and both the hall of worship and the hall of Kagura bear the emblem of the Nakagawa clan. The gate was recently rebuilt by a temple carpenter after being destroyed by fire.
The Kibaru-hachiman shrine is still honored during the Summer Passover Festival in the castle town of Taketa, and the Kibaru-hachiman shrine Autumn Grand Festival and Eve Festival held every October features the dedication of the Ajikano-shishi lion dance, an Oita Prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Property, and the Kibaru-kagura (nighttime kagura), a city-designated Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
(Gods of worship)
Emperor Keiko, Empress Jingu, Emperor Ojin, Hime-no-kami, and two other deities
- 1048 Yonai, Taketa City, Oita Prefecture 1048 Yonai, Taketa City, Oita Prefecture
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Access: 10 minutes by car from JR Bungo Taketa Station
1 minutes by car from the roadside station (Michi no Eki Taketa)Access: 10 minutes by car from JR Bungo Taketa Station
1 minutes by car from the roadside station (Michi no Eki Taketa)