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At the back of the Futenma shrine, there are several caves known as spiritual site. The shrine is easy to access to the city.
- Phone number0988-92-3344
- Parking55 free parking lots
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Ginowan-city is located in the middle part of Okinawa mainland. The population is nearly 10 thousand, It's the 5th biggest city in Okinawa. The shrine is located in 40 minutes from Naha. Futenma shrine was built around in 1450 during the Ryukyu kingdom era. It is in an accessible place and the US military air base is located next to the shrine. Once upon a time, A girl shuts herself in the cave and became as a goddess, and the myth the of the hermit who showed up from the cave. Futenma shrine is a spot known for the spiritual site. Many tourists all over the world visit the shrine.
Okinawan style shrine
At the entrance, you can see the stone steps made from Ryukyu limestone. The shrine room is Okinawan style red roof-tile. Most of the buildings in Okinawa are made from concrete to decrease the damage from the typhoon. However, Futenma shrine is made of wooden building. The contrast of the Okinawan blue sky and the building is so beautiful. Unequalled Okinawan Shrine.
The Futenma shrine cave was designated as a place of national scenic beauty in 1991. Visiting the cave is free. Once you have reported the reception, shrine maiden will guide you to the cave. The cave its length is 918 feet long and it's made of limestone. The cave inside has clear air and calm atmosphere. When you go further, you'll see the spectacular limestone and feel the spiritual atmosphere. It will take about 30 minutes for the cave tour. The cave tour is from 10:00 a. m. -5:00 p.m. It's recommended to go there especially when it's a sunny day. You can see the sun shining to the cave and has mystical atmosphere. Please note that you are not allowed to take any pictures inside the cave. If you have time to visit the shrine, don't forget to check out the cave as well! Here is the place you can feel the spiritual power!
Original Ema(votive tablet) & Shrine red ink stamp
At the Futenma shrine, you can get many Omamori (lucky charm), Original Ema (votive tablet) and a Shrine red ink stamp. Especially the Ema and Shrine red ink stamp are popular. There are many Ema hanging in the shrine. Many people pray for their wish and hang it. At the shrine office, you can get the Shrine red ink stamp for 300 yen. If you have a stamp book, a monk stamp your book with red ink and writes the name of the temple in calligraphy. In Japan. there are many young people and couples collecting Shrine red ink stamp. Now it became a secret trend.
History of Futenma shrine
Futenma shrine is the biggest shrine in the middle part of mainland Okinawa. More than 100 thousand people visit the Shrine on New year's day. The shrine was rebuilt in 2005 due to its deterioration. People visit the shrine to pray for a good match and safe delivery of the child. Some company, visit the shrine to pray for the prosperity in business.
The 8 Ryukyu Shrines which used to be designated by Ryukyu government, where Futenma Shrine, Naminoue Shrine, Okinogu, Shikinagu, Sueyoshigu, Asatohachimangu, Amekugu and Kingu in Uruma-city. Futenma shrine is one of The 8 Ryukyu Shrines and for over 600 years the shrine has watched over Okinawan people and was lived in people's faith.
In the long history, the shrine got a harsh damage from WWⅡ, the monk moved the Shintai (means the body of the deity) to Itoman-city and made a temporary shrine at the Uruma - city. People have protected the shrine for a long time. If you have a chance to visit the shrine, it's recommended to learn the history as well.
Futenma Shrine Information
Postcode:901-2202 1-27-10 Futenma Ginowan-city Okinawa
It takes about 40 minutes from Naha airport by driving
It takes about 5 minutes from Futenma bus stop by walking
Reception desk for reservation for praying
Open year around
Ema : 300 yen
How to pay
For group visitor's reservation for praying can be made by a call
55 free parking lots
About 30 minutes
You are not allowed to smoke at the shrine.
A little advise from Churashima travel
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Futenma shrine is a famous spot for its spiritual power, Not only worship, but also the architeture is very spectacular.
You are not allowed to take any pictures inside the cave.
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