Enshrined Deity: Takeminakata
Address: 〒830-0037 Fukuoka-ken, Kurume-shi, Suwanomachi
Most of my information on Suwa Jinja in Kurume comes from a wonderful blog that documents shrines in Western Japan. So if you can read Japanese, please check it out here: 産土神名帳 (republished with permission)
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Suwa Shrine, Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture
The shrine is immediately noticeable for the torii gate that sits right alongside the main rode. I actually had no plans on going here specifically, but just saw the torii while driving by and decided to stop and check it out. The shrine grounds are small and compact, but it's quiet and shaded by the large trees that sit on either side of the main torii.
No one knows when this shrine was built, but we know it already existed somewhere between 1350 to 1450. It is the second oldest shrine in Kurume, losing out to the incredibly old Kora Taisha built in the 5th century. Unfortunately, as with many old shrines, the buildings were destroyed by the fires of war during the Sengoku Period. It was then rebuilt at its present location and has remained since that time.
Behind the main hall is also three small Genkurō Inari shrines with cute stone paths leading up to each one.
Overall it's a nice little shrine tucked away in the city and if you happen to be driving by, it's worth stopping to take a look.