Yahiko Shrine

Yahiko Jinjya

The most famous sacred site in Niigata

With a history stretching back 2,400 years, the Yahiko Shrine has been worshipped since ancient times. During the New Year celebrations a quarter of a million visitors come here to pray for good fortune and health for the coming year.

A 10-minute walk from JR Yahiko station takes you to the grove of Yahiko Shrine. As the shrine is popular for its sacred energy and exhilarating scenery, an early morning visit is recommended to fully appreciate its spiritual energy.

There is a unique stone known as a fortune-teller on site. Lift the stone while making a wish and if you feel the stone is light, your wish will come true. If the stone feels heavy however, your wish may not come true. Try it out on your visit for a unique experience!

A further 10-minute walk from the main shrine takes you to the base station of the Yahikoyama Ropeway. Take the ropeway up to the top station to visit Okusha – part of the shrine complex – from which a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside can be enjoyed.

General Information

Opening Times
Open all year round
15 minutes on foot from “Yahiko Station” on JR Yahiko Line

25 minutes by car from “Sanjo-Tsubame IC” on Hokuriku Expressway
Car Park
Ordinary vehicle parking: 2000 spaces available

Large vehicle parking: 20 spaces available
Reviews (TripAdvisor)
New Year Visit to Yahiko Shrine: Every year more than 200,000 people visit the shrine to pray for good health, success in school work and entrance examinations, and protection from evil during the coming year.

Traffic controls are enforced from December 31 for New Year shrine visitors. Please check the website of the Yahiko Tourist Association for details.


Yahiko Shrine
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