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JAPAN

Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER

Use the "JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER" for train and map information helpful in traveling around Japan.

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  6. Aso-jinja Shrine

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Attractions

Aso-jinja ShrineKumamoto

Aso-jinja is located in the center of the caldera of Aso-zan. The Aso-zan caldera is known as the largest in the world in which people are actually living. The sanctuary is located in Ge-gu (shrine at the lowest location), and Jo-gu (shrine at the highest or innermost location) in the crater of Aso-zan. It is believed that the shrine was built in 281 before the accession of the Emperor Jinmu, and it is one of the oldest and most prominent shrines in Japan. The deity enshrined is Tateiwatatsu-no-Mikoto, the grandson of Japans first emperor, Jinmu, who was said to have developed the Aso area. He has been worshipped from early times as the guardian deity of safety in navigation, and at present, is popular as a god protecting worshippers from traffic accidents, and of exorcism, marriage, and learning.'
 
Address & Access
Address: 3083-1 Miyaji, Ichinomiya-machi, Aso-shi, Kumamoto
Admission Fee: Free in the shrine precincts
Closed: Open throughout the year
Directions
JR Miyaji Stn./15-min. walk