Akama-jingu, located in the city of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, was founded in 1185. It is sacred to the spirit of Emperor Antoku, who died at only three years of age. Emperor Antoku drowned himself together with the Heike clan who were defeated in the last battle at Dannoura between two great samurai clans, the Heike and their rivals, the Genji. Rebuilt in 1958, the vermilion-lacquered gate that overlooks the Kanmon Strait near Dannoura has come to symbolize Akama-jingu. In the temple precincts, visitors can see the Shichimori-zuka (seven mounds) that are sacred to the Heike warriors who lost the battle of Dannoura.
Address: 4-1 Amidaiji-cho, Shimonoseki-shi, Yamaguchi
Admission Fee: Free in the shrine precincts
Closed: Open throughout the year
[Bus]JR Shimonoseki Stn./Bus/10-min. ride/Akama-jingu-mae Stop/3-min. walk