Here, I would like to introduce the details about Hachiman Kamado Shrine which is a shinto shrine located in Beppu, Ohita prefecture.
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- Why Is It Real life Locations?
- What Is the Highlight of Hachiman Kamado Shrine?
- Basic Information of Hachiman Kamado Shrine
- Transport / Access to Hachiman Kamado Shrine
Why Is It Real life Locations?
Hachiman Kamado Shrine is located in Uchikamado district at Beppu city. The main character’s name is Tanjiro Kamado. The part “Kamado” is their similarities, and one of the reason to be seichi (sacred place) among Japanese fans.
Other than the name, this shrine and Demon Slayer actually have many things in common that I will introduce later. Therefore, many fans have become visited hachiman kamado shrine as the real life location.
別府八幡竈門神社⛩️— emisuke (@emisuke00) November 2, 2020
What Is the Highlight of Hachiman Kamado Shrine?
Dragon Water God
There is drawing of dragon water god that is protecting from fire on the ceiling of worship hall.
八幡竈門神社の天井に描かれている『龍の水神様』— ポンコ (@ponko1960) October 31, 2020
Among the fans, this dragon is said to be very similar to the dragon in the background of Tanjiro’s technique: water breathing tenth form, constant flux. Undulation of the dragon, its horn, and its dorsal fin on the picture is just like the one in Demon Slayer manga.
八幡竈門神社の方がこの画像を見せてくれながら説明してくれてたんだけど、竈門神社の天井に居る水神様と炭治郎の背後の龍のうねり方、角や背ビレがそっくりなんだとか pic.twitter.com/KliY4pdoKa— 753☆ (@753nagomin) March 15, 2020
99-Step Stone Steps Made by Demon
When you go down the stairs of worship hall, you will see the tori-i gate. Below that gate, you can see the stone steps.
Legends about demons remain in the shrine, and this stone steps is one of the legends.
A long time ago, Hachiman God forced a cannibal demon that appeared every night in this region to promise by saying “Don’t come to the village in the future if you can’t make 100 stone steps overnight”.
Daylight came when the demon made up to 99 steps, and the demon was surprised and ran away. Since then the demon has disappeared.
Demons in Demon Slayer are also cannibal, and will die in the morning sun. This is just like the legend above, isn’t it?!
The lower part of the stone steps is carefully made, however, it will be gradually rough at the end. It’s interesting to imagine a demon were making in a rush haha. It would be great experience you count the number of stone steps there!
By the way, you can get a full view of Beppu Bay from the tori-i gate. You can see the spectacular view of the rising sun from the horizon on Vernal Equinox Day (national holiday: March 20 or 21) and Autumnal Equinox Day (national holiday: September 22, 23 or 24).
Stone Sandal Demon Left
Surprisingly demon in the legend above left his stone sandal. There is another story: when the villagers put their feet in the stone sandal the demon left, immediately it made them feel energetic.
By the way, there are only 3 toes in the stone sandal. It’s said that those 3 express “greedy, jealousy, and complaints”, and it fails in intelligence and mercy.
Demons in Demon Slayer are also a cluster of “greedy, jealousy, and complaints”. This is also the common thing.
「鬼滅の刃」の聖地— Hisyou Ken飛翔 健 (@tora316228758) November 3, 2020
写真：藤谷 ぽきお pic.twitter.com/UP5szs3Vtl
This is the sacred tree is a 500 year-old Quercus gilva (Ichiigashi in Japanese). People call this tree “Tamayori-no-ki 魂依の木”.
Tamayo is one of the character who has been transformed into a demon herself by demon. That is why many fans connect this tree with Demon Slayer.
When you turn to the back side of the tree, you can see the trunk is hollow in a strange shape. You can stand in the trunk, and take picture if you buy the charm of the sacred tree!
山のことではないけど、こないだ鬼滅の刃の聖地に行っていろいろ考えてしまった。大分県に似ているなと。理由↓— 山走＠大分県 (@aristy1017) May 7, 2020
Sacred Dance Stage
Sacred dance stage called Kamado Kagura at hachiman kamado shrine has been handed down from ancient times, and the dance is dedicated from New Year’s Eve to New Year.
In Demon Slayer, dance of the fire God (Hinokami Kagura) is dedicated from sunset to dawn at the beginning of the year.
You can enjoy the view of the world of Demon Slayer here thinking over the breathing style of Tanjiro!
昨日の八幡竈門神社の動画みてくれーーまさかの初雪の日に行けて神楽殿も撮れて興奮したんじゃーー🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/E6Mow3PZV8— おうま👁▽👁🔥コスしたい (@umanomousigo) February 18, 2020
Giant Iron Ball (Naval Mine)
You can see the giant iron ball, naval mine (called Kirai) at the end of the 99-step stone steps I introduced earlier.
Naval mine is weapons exploding in the water. This is displayed here because Beppu medical center seen under the stairs were used to be the Navy hospital. It was dedicated by the Navy to commemorate the victory of World War I, and is very valuable nationwide.
Becuase Gyomei Himejima, the character in Demon Slayer uses the weapon with this kind of iron ball, it has become a hot topic among fans.
別府の八幡竈門神社では狛犬のかわりに機雷が出迎えてくれます— Takayan (@Takayan_T1600) January 1, 2017
Charm of the Same Color as the Demon Slayer Character
You can receive the shrine’s seal as a stamp and buy some charms to commemorate your visit.
The most attractive charm for Demon Slayer fans is probably this: as you can see the picture below, there are charms of 3 different colors which are the same color as the main characters in Demon Slayer.
Also, you can see a lots of ema* with various Demon Slayer drawing that had been drawn by many fans.
*Ema are wooden plaques that people write their prayers or wishes on.
チグサちゃんはそんなにも鬼滅好きなら…是非一度…地元大分県に…！！— たっくー (@suwainacikanan) October 17, 2020
At last, there are other fun spots around the shrine, for example, famous hot spring and sightseeing tour called “Hells of Beppu“.
Some of the “Hells of Beppu” is really close to the hachiman kamado shrine, so please try and go if you have a chance!
Basic Information of Hachiman Kamado Shrine
Hachiman Kamado Shrine 八幡竈門神社
・Address: 1900 Uchikamado, Ohaza, Beppu, Ohita
Transport / Access to Hachiman Kamado Shrine
Nearest station is Kamegawa station on the Nippo main line operated by JR Kyushu.
(Kamegawa station is located at 2nd station from Beppu station toward Kitakyushu.)
Hachiman Kamado Shrine is located in the Uchikamado district which is about 1km (0.62mile) west from Kamegawa station. It takes about 3 min to get there from Kamegawa station by car.
The necessary time for other departure places
・Kamado Jigoku: 8 min by car
・Chinoike Jigoku: 3 min by car
・Beppu International Tourism Port: 12 min by car
・Beppu Interchange: 15 min by car
・JR Beppu Station: 15 min by car
There is free parking lot (having almost 70 parking spaces).