If you're in Kikuchi to visit one of its well-known onsen the local shrine is worth a visit. Kikuchi Jinja, a small local Shinto shrine, sits atop a hill on the edge of the town. The shrine is where specific members of the Kikuchi clan are enshrined.
Visiting the shrine is a pleasant way to spend an hour or so in Kikuchi. The entrance is easy to locate due to the towering torii at the front. It leads up a series of stairs until you reach the front gate and a view overlooking the town. The shrine is open to all visitors and during regular hours (9am-5pm?) a small shop is open where people can purchase omamori (amulets) and ema (plaques on which you write a wish). Off to one side are a series of red torii which lead to an Inari shrine.
The area around the shrine is especially beautiful in the fall with the colorful foliage and in the spring when the hill is covered with cherry blossoms.
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