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Kashima Shrine Entrance Gate (Zuishin-mon) and Corridor

Kashima Shrine Entrance Gate and Corridor 

Located in the Dai district of Shirakawa, Kashima Shrine is dedicated to deity Takemikazuchi-no-mikoto. The origin of the shrine is unclear, but it seems that Mikamemori, a small cone-shaped hill located behind the main shrine is somewhat related; near the summit of the hill,there is a large rock outcrop and it is thought that this rock was originally enshrined as the object of worship.

Among the shrine’s buildings,only the main entrance gate and a corridor were constructed in the pre-modern era. The entrance is flanked by statues of the Devon Guardians and is built in the traditional gabled structure. While the original thatched roof of the entrance gate was changed to the iron plated roof,it still retains the original style of the eight-legged gate. The corridor, which extends from the gate is approximately 1.818 meters wide with a 10.9 meter frontage and its iron-plated roof is gabled and was also originally thatched.

Designated as a Historically Scenic Landmark by Shirakawa City on November 11th, 2011.

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