support this research
80115-0022 - Road to Ikuta Jinja, Kobe, 1890s

Kobe 1890s
Ikuta Jinja Matsuri

Artist Unknown
Publisher Unknown
Medium Albumen Print
Period Meiji
Location Kobe
Image No. 80115-0022
Purchase Digital File

A crowded festival day on the approach to Ikuta Jinja, a shinto shrine in Kobe’s Sannomiya district.

This road was a beautiful rural sand-road, lined on both sides with plum and cherry trees and countless stone lanterns, when Kobe opened its port for trade in 1868 (Meiji 1).

In the 1870s, the trees and lanterns were removed and the country road became a bustling shopping street. See Kobe 1910s • Sannomiya for a photo of the same street closer to the sea, taken in the 1910s.

1902 (Meiji 35) Map of Kobe
1902 (Meiji 35) Map of Kobe: 1.Sannomiya Station (current Motomachi Station); 2. Former Foreign Settlement; 3. Ikuta Jinja shrine.

see current map


Leave a Comment

Reference for Citations

Duits, Kjeld (). Kobe 1890s: Ikuta Jinja Matsuri, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on October 4, 2022 (GMT) from

I have a small favor to ask

Old Photos of Japan aims to be your personal museum for Japan's visual heritage to increase our understanding of Japanese culture and society.

Finding, acquiring, scanning, restoring, researching and conserving these vintage images, and making the imagery and research freely available online, takes serious time, money and effort.

I do this without charging for access, selling user data, or running ads.

Your support helps to make this possible, and ensures that this important visual heritage of Japan will not be lost and forgotten.

If you can, please consider supporting Old Photos of Japan with a regular amount each month. Or become a volunteer.

Thank you,
Kjeld Duits

support this research

Explore More


Yokohama 1910s

People pass by shops on a quiet Yoshidamachi-dori. Although quiet on this postcard, Yoshidamachi-dori was actually perfectly located and a popular street to go shopping.


Kobe 1910s
Fukuhara Brothels

Women stand in front of a building with an exotic mixture of Western and Japanese architecture in Fukuhara, Kobe’s renowned red light district.


Kobe 1880s
Houses at the Bund

A quiet day on the Bund of Kobe. Fishermen are working in their boats moored on a sandy beach in front of the sea wall.

Add Comment


This place is impossible to recognize today. There is a huge Tokyu Hands store and it doesn’t feel as open any more with all the big buildings.


I would have liked to have seen it when it was still a country road with a lot of trees and lanterns. It’s a facinating picture with all the people in traditional clothing. Also interesting is the uniformity of the wooden shops and houses with their tiled roofs.


@Tim Morrill: Me, too. I haven’t been able to find a good photo of it yet…


I have an excellent print of the Ikuta Temple for sale.