Imari Shrine

Imari Shrine, also known as Imari Taisya, is a Shinto shrine located in the city of Imari in Saga Prefecture, Japan. It is believed to have been founded in the 8th century and is dedicated to the deity Takeiwatatsu-no-mikoto.

The shrine is known for its beautiful architecture, including a unique torii gate made of Imari porcelain. The gate is a popular photo spot for tourists and locals alike.

Visitors can also explore the shrine's beautiful grounds, which include a pond and several smaller shrines. The cherry blossom trees in the spring and the colorful leaves in the fall make for a particularly stunning view.

One of the most popular events at Imari Shrine is the annual Imari Taisya Festival, held in early October. The festival features traditional Japanese music and dance performances, food stalls, and a parade of portable shrines.

The shrine is open to visitors year-round and admission is free. It is located at approximately 33.2695° N, 129.8775° E.

How to Get There

Imari Shrine is located a short walk from Imari Station, which can be accessed via the JR Karatsu Line or the Matsuura Railway Nishi-Kyushu Line. From the station, follow the signs to the shrine, which is about a 10-minute walk away.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable shoes, as the shrine grounds are expansive and require some walking.
  • Be respectful of the shrine and its traditions. Remove your shoes before entering any buildings and do not take photographs inside the main hall.
  • Bring cash if you plan to purchase food or souvenirs at the festival.