Sakaki Hachimangu

Gorgeous shrine grounds tucked away in the forest.

Located in Yuu, about 20 minutes south of downtown Iwakuni is the Sakaki Hachimangu. A rather large and interesting complex, it is built up on the hill with two large stone staircases that wind up to the mid and top complex of the site. You can see the Seto Inland Sea from the tiers of the pathway leading up to the shrine. The shrine itself is engulfed in history and is said to have been the general keeper of the 28 Shinto Shrines scattered across Iwakuni during the Edo period. Lord Yoshikawa is said to have come here after the Battle of Sekigahara and joined the ancestral gods at the shrine grounds.

The shrine grounds are impressive and are engulfed in the forest. It is a great location for pictures and to enjoy a piece of Japanese history. There is a Great Shinto Festival that is held every October on these grounds. The shrine itself is about a 20 minute drive from MCAS Iwakuni or alternatively you can take the JR Train down to the JR Yuu Station and the shrine is about a 10 minute walk from the station.