Houmangu Kamado Shrine is located near the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine which is known for its God of Learning. (It’s 10 minutes by car and 40 minutes on foot.) There’s also a community bus which goes directly here from Dazaifu Station, which costs ¥100. It’s also recommended to go there by walking while eating umegaemochi and enjoying the sights of Dazaifu.
Kamado Shrine carries 1350 years of history and is known and believed for its god of marriage and protector from evil since the old times. With its main deity being Tamayorihime no Mikoto, whose divine virtues are drawing and making soul (tama) and spirit (yori) meet, it is widely known and worshipped as the god of matchmaking who makes good matches for men and women and also various destinies regarding friends, family, and even work.
It’s a shrine that is particularly popular with females and couples.
Because Kamado Shrine is located at the base of Mount Houmon, one can enjoy the different views the lush surrounding nature has to offer per season such as sakura in spring, red leaves in autumn, and ginger trees and rhododendrons as well.
Festivals and Events
Summer Festival: July
Tanabata Festival: August 8
Momiji Festival: November
The first torii
The second torii
Shikibu Inari Shrine located on the way up
The shrine office which has a stylish and cute design
There are a lot of cute amulets inside.
Buy a koyori (string made from twisted paper) and head towards the Happiness Tree.
Happiness Tree of Marriage (if you tie a string here, it is said that the god will grant your wish for a good match)
There are three kinds of omikuji (written fortunes): the normal omikuji, love omikuji, and flower omikuji
Ema (wooden votive) of those wishing for love. (There are a lot of people who write that they wish to have lovers.)
Aikyou (Charm) Rock. If one is able to walk from this rock to another one on the opposite side safely with their eyes closed, it’s said that your wish for love will be granted.
Open whole-year round
Prayer reception desk: 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Amulet and charm shop: 8:00AM to 7:00PM
Parking available for ¥400
Homepage: http://kamadojinja.or.jp/ (Japanese language only)