Yawata City's Hiko Shrine was built by aviation pioneer Chuhachi Ninomiya in 1915, on land where he resided. Ninomiya designed the first aircraft model (the Karasu-gata aircraft model) in Japan. Hiko Shrine (“Hiko” meaning ”flight” in Japanese) is dedicated to both the deity of the sky, Nigihayahi, and to plane crash victims around the world. People usually come to pray for aviation safety and career success.
Inside the grounds, there are displays of fighter aircraft parts, and the shrine has a museum exhibiting the historical data gathered by Ninomiya Chuhachi or donated by companies. (An extra fee is required for the museum)
Nowadays, people in the field of aviation, like pilots and cabin attendants, come from all over the world to visit the shrine. Students hoping to get jobs in the aviation field are also known to pay visits!
- 44 Doi, Yawata City, Kyoto Prefecture
- Train: Walk southeast for 5 minutes from Iwashimizu Hachimangu Station on the Keihan Main Line
- Business Hours
- 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
*Museum 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Last entrance is at 3:45 p.m.)
Open every day
- Space for regular-sized vehicles: 3 cars (Price: Free)
*If the parking space is full or car height is over 2m, please use a coin parking lot near the shrine.