Kamado Shrine juxtaposes traditional shrine architecture and aspects of modern design. It is set
on the Dazaifu mountainside, a short five-minute bus or taxi ride from Dazaifu Tenmangu. The
approach to the shrine from the nearest bus stop is up gentle stone steps and along a rustic
flagstone path that leads under torii gates and through a tunnel of trees. Arriving at the main
sanctuary, visitors are enveloped in the woody scent of the forest and the muted, peaceful
atmosphere of the shrine—an interesting contrast to the lively atmosphere of Dazaifu
The mountainside setting affords spectacular vistas across Dazaifu. Some of the best views are from the observation deck behind the amulet office, complete with stylish benches designed by British industrial designer Jasper Morrison. This is a good spot for viewing the shrine's many cherry trees and maples when at their most beautiful in April and November. During these peak visiting seasons, the shrine often operates extended hours and special events; check before visiting for the latest news and information.
Kamado Shrine stands on Homan, a sacred mountain worshipped since ancient times as a dwelling of Shinto deities, or kami. The particular deity venerated at Kamado Shrine is Tamayorihime, the mother of Japan’s first emperor. Tamayorihime has the power to bring people together, attracting many visitors to Kamado Shrine to offer prayers for and seek favor in matters of the heart. Visit the amulet office to the side of the main sanctuary to pick up an amulet, or omamori, for extra romantic fortune.