Duration: 7 hours
Start/End: Kobe port/ Kobe port
Highlights: Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine, Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
On arrival at the port, you will be transferred to the first destination and also the highlight of this shore excursion – Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine. Founded in 859 by a monk and dedicated to a god for the protection of the nation together with the Emperor Ojin, all that makes it up a national treasure. The shrine served as one of the most powerful shrines in the country in the past.
Listen to a priest to learn more about the establishment of the shrine, visit main halls to learn about the history and the sacred meaning of Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine while admiring its stunning architectural style mixed of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Later, join in a purification ceremony specially arranged for tourists and you will receive special memorabilia from the priest during the ceremony. The shrine has an interesting connection to Thomas Edison is that there is a monument built for dedicating this well-known inventor inside the ground. While he was working on inventing the first electric light bulb, the bamboo collected from the nearby groves was used as the essential material. People annually hold the Festival of Light on May 4th to tribute this talented investor.
Journey to Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum displaying invaluable sake-brewing equipment and materials related to the history of sake production in Fushimi in an easy-to-understand manner. Although sake is widely recognized as the Japanese rice wine, sake made in this museum boasts special fragrance and fruity sweet taste thanks to the high-quality water of Fushimi district. Treat yourself with a glass of chilled sake that refreshes you in the summer or makes feel warm in the winter. Trip ends when the driver transfers you back to the port.