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Region
Chubu
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Fukui
Population
828,960

Kanegasaki Shrine

The beautiful Kanegasaki Shrine in Fukui Prefecture is popular among those hoping to find true love.

By Jeanne Croteau

Nestled along the shores of Fukui Prefecture, you’ll find the beautiful Kanegasaki Shrine. From its elevated perch, once home to Kanegasaki Castle, visitors can enjoy stunning panoramic views of Tsuruga Bay. Outside the shrine, the surrounding area offers many other things to discover and explore, including historical attractions like the Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum.

Visiting Kanegasaki Shrine in the springtime is especially picturesque as hundreds of cherry blossom trees bloom on its grounds, providing a magical setting for the shrine’s famous Flower Exchange Festival in April. Aside from this, Kanegasaki Shrine remains busy year-round due to its popular events and reputation for matchmaking. In fact, people flock to Fukui’s “Shrine of Love” every day to pray for romance.

An Imperial History

Kanegasaki

Photo by: PIXTA/ パーシー It is dedicated to the memory of the two princes who lost their lives fighting for the Emperor

Founded in 1890, Kanegasaki Shrine was built on the ruins of Kanegasaki Castle, the site of a significant battle in Japanese history during the turbulent Northern and Southern Court Period. In 1337, the Siege of Kanegasaki involved the Northern Court’s Ashikaga Takauji and the Southern Court of Emperor Go-Daigo going head-to-head on the site. Among those fighting for the South were Prince Takanaga and Prince Tsunenaga. When the North emerged victorious, they both lost their lives.

One of the Fifteen Shrines of the Kenmu Restoration, Kanegasaki Shrine was restored by the Meiji government to commemorate this important era in Japan’s history and symbolize loyalty to the Imperial family. It is dedicated to the memory of the two princes who lost their lives fighting for the Emperor, with its main festival on May 6 every year.

Flower Exchange Festival

Kanegasaki

Photo by: PIXTA/ パーシー The blooming cherry blossom trees create the perfect backdrop for falling in love.

Another beloved festival at Kanegasaki Shrine dates back to the early 1900s when local men and women started a spring tradition that continues to this day. Seeking love, but shy about confessing their feelings, potential couples would visit the shrine together and say, “Let’s exchange flowers” as a show of affection. After that, Kanegasaki Shrine became a famous power spot for romance.

Now, early April marks the beginning of the “Flower Exchange Festival,” a fun matchmaking event that draws crowds from across the region. Hopeful singles and couples can purchase artificial cherry blossom branches and participate in prayers to try and make their dreams come true. As this festival takes place in the spring, the blooming cherry blossom trees create the perfect backdrop for falling in love.

Things To Know

Hours and fees

There are no admission fees and the grounds are accessible at all times. 

To purchase omamori (amulets or charms said to bring good luck and protection), goshuin (keepsake stamps offered by shrines and temples), or other items, visit the shrine during business hours. They may vary, so it’s best to contact the shrine directly for this information.

How To Get There

Address

By train

From Tsuruga station, take the Tsuruga Excursion Line Bus (Tourism Route) to Kanegasakigu bus stop. 

By car

Kanegasaki Shrine is approximately 10 minutes from Tsuruga IC on the Hokuriku Expressway. Free parking is available and can accommodate about 30 cars and five buses.

Where To Stay

Tsuruga Manten Hotel Ekimae (Manten Hotel Chain)
  • 401-4 Kunihirocho, Tsuruga-shi, Fukui, 914-0059 Japan
  • ¥8,800 - ¥22,560
  • 3.98/5 (1,205 reviews)
  • 2.1 km
Hotel Granbinario Tsuruga
  • 1-3-46 Kanawacho, Tsuruga-shi, Fukui, 914-0055 Japan
  • ¥8,400 - ¥44,200
  • 4.35/5 (318 reviews)
  • 2.2 km
Hotel Select Inn Tsuruga
  • 15-8-12 Nogami, Tsuruga-shi, Fukui, 914-0121 Japan
  • ¥6,000 - ¥30,200
  • 3.25/5 (1,050 reviews)
  • 3.3 km

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