Usa Jingu (Usa Shrine)
- Usa Jingu (Usa Shrine)
- Usa city, Oita prefecture
- With its first hall built in early 8th century to worship the spirit of the 15th emperor of Japan, Emperor Ojin, Usa Jingu is the head shrine of over 40,000 shrines across Japan that are dedicated to Hachiman, the god of archery and war. It has had a big influence on the Kunisaki Peninsula’s culture and shaped the local mountain worship religion. The shrine’s main hall is a designated national treasure and there are many other historic architectures as well. Visitors can enjoy beautiful scenery throughout the year, including approximately 500 cherry blossom trees.
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