Kasumi Shrine located in Takaharu-cho, Nishimorokata-gun, Miyazaki Pref. is famous for a white snake legend. The enshrined deity is Oanamuchi no Mikoto, Sukuna Bikona no Mikoto and Ukemochi no Mikoto. The shrine is one of Kirishima Six Gongen Shrines. Founded in 1815, the shrine had been known as the god of stockbreeding, marriage and business success since ancient times. When offering a prayer in fron of Haiden (the oratory), visitors light a candle as they do at Buddhist temples. There is a 30 cm long white snake inhabiting in the rocky cavern behind the main hall. As the snake is believed to be the messenger of Kirishima Gongen (the god of Kirishima mountains), pilgrims visiting Kirishima Six Gongen Shrines first visit Kasumi Shrine to worship the snake. It is believed that if you are lucky enough to see the snake, your desire will be attained. The shrine is visited by a lot of worshippers even today.
- 1553 Ushirokawauchi, Takaharu-cho, Nishimorokata-gun, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan 889-4413
- Kasumi Shrine