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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
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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.

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Duits, Kjeld (). Kobe 1890s: Ikuta Jinja Matsuri, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on June 26, 2022 (GMT) from

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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.