Mibu Hachiman Shrine

I discovered this lovely little shrine surrounded by lush greenery in Chiyoda on a visit to the spectacular Mibu-no-hanadaue ritual rice planting festival that is held every year at the beginning of June. Despite some digging around, other than the fact that it is dedicated to the the god Hachiman, the tutelary god of warriors, I’ve been unable to come up with much information about this particular shrine. It may not be historically significant, but its grounds are gorgeous, and it is the place where the festival participants gather to add the final decorative touches to the oxen before they embark on the parade to the rice planting ritual.

Address: 287 Mibu, Kita-hiroshima-cho, Yamagata-gun 〒731-1515
Address in Japanese: 287 壬生 北広島町 山県郡 広島県 〒731-1515

Paul Walsh

Paul arrived in Hiroshima "for a few months" back in 1996. He is the co-founder of GetHiroshima.com and loves running in the mountains.