- Capacity: 2～100 persons
- Address: 1-2-1, Yamate-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe
- URL: http://www.ikutajinja.or.jp/language/english.html
In Nihon Shoki (the oldest chronicles of Japan), Ikuta Jinja, in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, is said to have been established in the 3rd century. This shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Japan, such as Izumo Taisha, Omiwa Jinja, Sumiyoshi Taisha, Hiyoshi Taisha and so on. Ikuta Jinja is devoted to Wakahirume-no-mikoto, a beautiful goddess of happy marriages. It is said that if a couple visited this shrine and prays for marriage, and a man buys a white charm and a woman buys a red charm, they will be able to get married. At the entrance of Ikuta Jinja, you'll find a small shrine, Matsuo Jinja, in whose grounds a Japanese cedar stands. This cedar is said to hold a mysterious power of love and happy marriage, which has gave way to many couples having wedding ceremonies at this shrine.
Ikuta has another divine favor. That is longevity. Ikuta sometimes sounds like "Ikita" in Japanese, which means "live" in English. This shrine is well-known for Shichigosan festival (the festival is held on November 15 celebrating the healthy growth of one's children aged seven, five and three) and prayer for safe childbirth. Having your marriage in Ikuta Jinja will enable you to have a happy family and healthy children, and gives your family long lives.