Takabe Shrine

Takabe Shrine

Built in early Edo Period, Takabe Shrine is the only shrine in Japan that is dedicated to the god of cookery. It is also dedicated to Iwakamutsukarinomikoto, a god that appeared in the second oldest Japanese book Nihon shoki. It is particularly famous for the Houchou shiki, the knife ceremony of preparing a fish with only a knife and chopsticks. Re-enactments of this Heian period imperial court ritual takes place every year on May 17, October 17, and November 23.
Shrine/Temple Shrine/Temple

Date / best time to visit

All year


3 minuts by bus from JR Chikura station, then 8 minute walk from 'Takabe jinja iriguchi' stop


62 Minamiasai, Chikura-cho, Minamiboso City