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: 3083-1 Miyaji, Ichinomiya-machi, Aso-shi, Kumamoto
Admission Fee: Free in the shrine precincts
Closed: Open throughout the year
[Walk]JR Miyaji Stn./15-min. walk