Mizuta Tenmangu and Koinoki Shrine together are one of Kyushu’s big Tenmangu Shrines. It’s a shrine that has a history of having Sugawara no Michizane as its enshrined deity.
Koinoki Shrine is a subordinate shrine of Mizuta Tenmangu, and from the moment of its construction, its enshrined deity has always been Koinomikoto and is unusually the only shrine in Japan worshipping this deity.
The “ki” of Koinoki means “east”; with Sugawara no Michizane who had been demoted to Dazaifu separated from his wife and child who lived east in the capital. In order to be consoled, a small shrine in one corner of the Mizuta Tenmangu was built, and this is said to be the beginning of Koinoki Shrine. Before one knew it, it became widely known as a shrine of love. Young people in particular believe in the shrine as a god of finding a good match and a god of happiness.
On February-March and October-November, the color of the omikuji change to pink. (“Finding a Good Match” Festival was during the previous month and this month)
● Ryouen Jouju (Finding a Good Match) Festival: March 3, November 3
● Koi Musubi (United in Love) Festival: July 7
● Temple festivals: Every 1st, 5th, 15th, and 25th of every month
Koinoki torii (this one has 10 hearts on it. Shall we look for them?)
The place for tying omikuji (written fortune) is also heart-shaped
Love-united Husband and Wife Doll (Be blessed with happiness if you touch it, receive the grace of god when you caress it)
Kokoroji Kagura Stage
Amulets and souvenirs
Homepage: http://www.mizuta-koinoki.jp/koinoki/ (Japanese language only)