This ancient shrine was built in 1196 and is the home of the God of Beppu and the God of Onsen. As you approach the main torii gate, if you step on the two special stones in the shape of a gourd and a sake cup on the first visit of the year to the shrine, they secure good luck for the year. As well, if you are lucky, you might find a special heart-shaped stone, which is said to bring you good luck in love. Two towering cedar trees stand side by side just inside the gate. These are called the Meoto sugi or the Couple Cedars. It is said that couples who pass through the gap between the trees will be able to get married.
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