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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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Shrines and Temples


Usa-jingu Shrine

There are many shrines in Japan which are named Hachiman-gu. The Emperor Ojin, who was deified as Hachiman-jin (the god of military power), is enshrined in these shrines. Usa-jingu was the first of these shrines. It is said that Hachiman-jin appeared at this place around the beginning of the 8th century. He was widely worshipped throughout Kyushu, and was subsequently worshipped as the protective deity of the Imperial Capital. The shrine has enjoyed the close protection of the Imperial Family. The present sanctuary, which is designated as a National Treasure, was built around the middle of the 19th century. Its white earthen walls and vermilion pillars against its black and golden fittings produce a splendid contrast. This characteristic form, by which two buildings are situated one in front of the other, is called Hachiman-zukuri. The front portion, called the Ge-in, is where the deity stays during the daytime, while the back portion, called the Nai-in, serves as the deitys sleeping chamber. The two buildings are connected by an eaves-trough which is called Usa-no-Ogondoi.'

2859 Minami-Usa, Usa-shi, Oita

Admission Fee
Free in the shrine precincts


JR Usa Stn./Bus/15-min. ride/Usa-Hachiman Stop/15-min. walk

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