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Kagami Shrine, Karatsu

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Kagami-jinja (鏡神社) is a Shinto shrine located in Karatsu, Saga prefecture, Japan. The shrine is at the base of Mount Kagami (280 metres (920 ft)) in Genkai Quasi-National Park. It is now called Matsura Sōchinshu Kagami-jinja (松浦総鎮守鏡神社), and formerly known as the name of Kagami no mikoto Byōgū (鏡尊廟宮), Kagami-gū (鏡宮), Matsuura-gū (松浦宮), Itabitsu-sha (板櫃社) and Kuri Daimyōjin (久里大明神).

Kagami-jinja was the head shrine of Matsura Country in the former Hizen Province and is classified historically as a "Sosha".

The shrine has a small museum preserving remaining artifacts, including an image of Yōryū Kannon from Goryeo Dynasty of Korea in 1310, now kept at the Saga Prefectural Museum, is the Cultural Properties of Japan.

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  • I followed a review from Tipadvisor to find this place. Very impressed with two shrines which looks very old but how charming. And if you're looking for the tree that look just like the pregnant...  more »
  • At the foot of Kagamiyama (Mirror Mountain) is Kagami shrine 神社 (jinja) which actually has two shrines set in a forest. When you enter to your right is a shrine which you approach first and the...  more »
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  • At the foot of Kagamiyama (Mirror Mountain) is Kagami shrine 神社 (jinja) which actually has two shrines set in a forest. When you enter to your right is a shrine which you approach first and the second is away to your left. There is also a third building which many people go to pray to receive relief from their physical ailments, this is bordered by ancient stones. next there is a very old tree which on one side appears like the front of a heavily pregnant woman, the priest explained to us that people wanting children visit this tree to pray also. finally there is a very small museum with very old ( 700 to 1000 years) katana blades (Apparently shrines made great hiding places for these weapons after WW2), and other treasures. The priest and his wife are incredibly helpful and kind and both speak a little English. There are many stories and explanations to be learnt about this shrine, and we hope to return again.
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