Kagoshima-jingu is in Hayato-cho, Kagoshima Prefecture. It is an old shrine said to have been built by the first emperor, Jinmu. The local place name -- Kagoshima -- is believed to have come from this shrine. The deity enshrined is Amatsu-Hidakahiko-Hohodemi-no-Mikoto and his consort, Tamayori-Hime. The shrine was strongly protected by the Shimazu clan, the daimyo of this region. The two suits of armor dedicated by Shimazu Takahisa, lord of the area in the 16th century, have been designated Important Cultural Properties by the Japanese government. The gigantic camphor tree in the shrine grounds is said to be 800 years old, and has been preserved with much care as a sacred tree, within which the spirit of a god is believed to dwell.
Admission Fee: Free in the shrine precincts
JR Hayato Stn./15-min. walk.
2496 Uchi, Hayato-cho, Kirishima-shi, Kagoshima