Nakashima Shrine, which is located on the grounds of Imari Shrine, is devoted to the god of sweets, Tajimamori. Many centuries ago, Tajimamori was commanded by Emperor Suinin to bring back a fruit called tokijiku no kagu no konomi from the Chinese continent, which apparently he did and planted it in Imari first. The fruit Tajimamori brought back was the tachibana fruit, which is a wild species of mandarin. As such, tachibana trees are still grown at Nakashima Shrine. Incidentally, in ancient Japan, nuts and grass seeds were collectively referred to as "kudamono", or "fruit", and the kanji characters were those used for "sweets" today. That is why Imari is said to be the cradle of sweets. Moreover, within Imari Shrine's grounds, there is a statue of the king of sweet-making, Taichiro Morinaga, who was born in Imari.
From train station: 10-minute walk or 5-minute taxi ride from Imari Station on the JR Chikuhi Line and MR Matsuura Line
Car: 30-minute drive from Nagasaki Expressway Takeo-Kitagata IC
Bus: 10-minute walk from Imari Bus Center
● Entry Fee: Free
● Parking Lot: Not available
● Contact: Imari Shrine, Tel: +81-955-23-2093