Ikuta Shrine

Shinto Shrine in Kōbe

Said to date from AD 201, this peaceful, wooden shrine has played a key role in sake-brewing history; it has survived civil wars (notably as a hideout for the Heike clan) and WWII, and been a gathering place for residents after natural disasters such as the 1995 earthquake. Plaques in front of the main building commemorate generations of emperors' visits, and around the back a forest and landmark camphor tree provide a break from the city's bustle.