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Okinawa Gokoku Shrine
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Okinawa Gokoku shrine deifies the dead of the Okinawan war. The place is also known as a spiritual spot. It is very accessible from Naha airport and free parking is available.

Okinawa Gokoku shrine is located at Onoyama park Naha-city. The shrine is a very popular place of worship. Many people visit the shrine on New Year's day to pray for a year of safety and luck.
The shrine is known as a very spiritual apot. People visit here to pray for Good fortune, success in business and matchmaking. The shrine is famous for its matchmaking power.. You may even find your partner after visiting the shrine! The shrine is a good place to relax and de-stress.

Some people have left confirmed that they prospered in business or found a partner. Not just locals but also many tourists from overseas visit the shrine. There are lucky charms and house hold shinto altars sold at the shrine.
If you have trouble or worry about something, please come stop by the shrine. Something may change in a good way after your visit.

Must-see sights

  • Disabled veterans spouse monument

    Disabled veterans spouse monument

    Disabled veterans spouse monument is a stone monument stands at the entrance of the shrine. Thousands of Okinawan people lost their lives during WWⅡ. In 1954, Disabled Okinawan veterans society was established by those who were injured and have experienced the war.
    In 2011, The monument was built as the symbol promoting permanent world peace. The statue is of a man who lost his leg, depicting the horrors of war.

  • The peace monument

    The peace monument

    The peace monument was built in 1995 by the Disabled Okinawan veterans society for the 50th commemoration of the end of the Pacific war. The momument was built to represent peace and to respect the spirits of dead. You can feel how people strongly wished for peace from the letters on the monument saying "慰霊顕彰(honor and remember the spirits)","恒久平和(the permanent world peace)" and "共存友好(coexistance and friendship)".

  • The Emperor and Empress monument

    The Emperor and Empress monument

    This monument was built as commemorated their 50th wedding anniversary. The Emperor and Empress have visited the shrine many times and have special thoughts. The Ryuka(Okinawan fixed form poetry) is written on the stone monument.

The history of Gokoku shrine

Torii

Okinawa Gokoku shrine was built to deify the spirits of the victims after the Shino-japanese War and Russo-Japanese War. In 1940,the shrine was designated by the Minister of Home Affairs and changed the name to Okinawa Gokoku shrine.
The shrine was burned during WWⅡ and only some parts remained. After the War, In 1959, the new shrine was built. They moved the spirits of the dead who were killed in the war in Okinawa to Okinawa Gokoku shrine. A big ceremony was held.
In 1965, The main hall and worship place were built. This year the ceremony 遷座祭(Senzasai) during which the Emperor and Empress attended was held. 遷座祭(Senzasai) is a ceremony that moves spirits from their temporary shrine to a new shrine.

In 2010, the Shrine office was built as part of the 75th ceremony of the shrine. At the Shrine’s office, there is a waiting room, meeting room, and Tatami mat room. The office is built as impediment removal. In 2012, the shrine received a prize for "Making a good city for handicapped individuals". The next year the Disabled veterans spouse monument was built.
At the shrine, you can get Omikuji(fortune) and lucky charms. For 手水舎Chozuya (place for ritual cleansing of hands and mouth with water when visiting shrines), there are 2 sloped paths for handicapped visitors. You can get a purification charm for your car to pray for safe driving.
Okinawa Gokoku shrine is a good spot where you can learn a lot about the Okinawan war. The shrine welcomes visitors with disabilities. It is also one of the most popular spiritual spots in Okinawa, you will get a good fortune if you come pray here. If you are close, come stop by!

Pictures

  • Gokoku shrine
  • Torii
  • Stone pillar
  • Stone pillar
  • Stone pillar
  • Chozuya (place for ritual cleansing of hands and mouth with water when visiting shrines)
  • Chozuya (place for ritual cleansing of hands and mouth with water when visiting shrines)
  • Shisa momunent
  • An offering box
  • Ema (votive wooden tablet)
  • Disabled veterans spouse monument
  • The peace monument
  • The Emperor and Empress monument
  • Torii
  • Gokoku shrine
  • Near the Gokoku shrine main hall
  • Gokoku shrine Torii
  • The origin of Gokoku shrine
  • Gokoku shrine guide map board
  • A lantan
  • A tree next to 手水舎Chozuya
  • 手水舎Chozuya (place for ritual cleansing of hands and mouth with water when visiting shrines)
  • The Victims' family
  • Explaining the Disabled veterans spouse monument
  • Stone pillar monument
  • Names of dedicators
  • Gokoku shrine calender
  • Shisa
  • Rest area
  • Gokoku shrine office
  • Inside the Gokoku shrine main hall
  • Inside the Gokoku shrine main hall
  • Memorial monument of the Emperor visit
  • Fotune box
  • Household Shinto altar
  • Lucky charm
  • Omamori hanger
  • Gokoku shrine kagura hall
  • A passage
  • Gokoku shrine grounds
  • Recruiting participants of Shrine matching
  • The entrance of Gokoku shrine
  • a guide board
  • A sign board of Okigu
  • A sign board of Gokoku shrine
  • A sign of slow down
  • Scenery of Ounoyama park
  • Sign board of jogging corse
  • Guide board of parking
  • Sign of dead end
  • A brochure of Gokoku shrine

Okinawa Gokoku Shrine Information

Name Okinawa Gokoku Shrine
Tel/Fax:

TEL:0988-57-2798
FAX:0988-57-7917

Address:

Postcode:900-0026 44 Ounoyama town Naha-city Okinawa

Access

It takes about 10 minutes from Naha airport by car

It takes about 10 minutes from Naha airport by car

It takes about 7 minutes from Ounoyama station by walking

It takes about 8 minutes from Gunsanbashi-mae bus stop by walking

Hours

Open 24-hours

Praying hour : 9:00-16:30
Lucky charm selling stand : 8:30-18:00
The opening hours of main hall : 8:00-18:30

Closed

Open year around

Fees

Fees

Visiting is free

Fortune : 100 yen

Household Shinto altar: 500yen-

How to pay

Budget

100-1000 yen

Optional fee

0

Credit card

Credit card is not available

Currency

JPY only

Reservation

Reservation is available
Reservation for door-to-door service/Jishinsai(praying for safety construction)/Seibatsu(purification)/Kentou(Votive lantern) can be made by filling out the application forms.
※Group visitors and visitors using a bus must have reservation to park in advance.

Facilities

Parking

Bus : 3 parking lots Handicapped parking lots : 5 Cars : 236 parking lots (1st Parking : Torii side)
Bus : 4 parking lots Handicapped parking lots : 4 Cars : 236 parking lots (2nd Parking : Tennis court side)
※For entering the park with a car: 8:00-18:00

Information

Time

1-2 hours

Smorking

You are not allowed to smoke in non-smorking area
There are several smorking areas

Application form パンフレット
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Crowded season/Hours : New Year's day Dec.31-Jan.3

Wifi is not Available

The shrine welcomes visitors with disability

A little advise from Churashima travel

A brief comment

You can get lucky charms as your souvenirs! The shrine is known for being a spiritual spot.

Important notice

It will be crowded during the weekends. It's recommended to visit on weekdays!

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