Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Japan  /  Kyushu  /  Kumamoto Prefecture  /  Aso  /  Aso shrine

Aso shrine, Aso

#1 of 7 in Historic Sites in Aso
Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Aso shrine boasts one of the largest, grandest gates of all Japan's temples, the Ramon Gate. Believed to have been established almost 2,000 years ago, though its true early history remains unclear, the temple stands out as one of the country's oldest sites of worship. Enshrined in the main hall stand 12 deities, including Tateiwatatsu-no-Mikoto, who is believed to have created the Aso area itself. Observe intricate and aesthetically pleasing architecture here, and look out for a sacred pine tree on site, said to bring good fortune to marriages. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Aso shrine by using our Aso journey app.
Create an itinerary including Aso shrine

Aso shrine reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
348 reviews
  • Aso Shrine is a big Shinto shrine in Miyaji, Aso. After the earthquake of Kumamoto, it was severely damaged and is still under restoration. The gate was covered, but a large picture of the gate was...  more »
  • We turned up, but decided not to enter as there is considerable renovation taking place inside the grounds. No prior warnings given at the Tourist Information Centre from what we could see. However...  more »
  • Nothing that special. It may be having some religious significance for the locals, but nothing great architecture wise or anything similar.
  • Closed for refurbishment, but still nice to see the environment.

Plan your trip to Aso

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.