The head temple out of all the water temples in Japan - the Suitengu of Kurumeshi.

The building itself, which has a rich history since 1190 - 1199 and after its fall during the 'Battle of Dan-no-ura', has since gathered followers after shrine maidens escaped and had gathered people nearby the vicinity of the Chikugo River. Afterwards, in the third year of the Keian era (1650) during the rule of the second generation of Arima Tadayori's descendants, the Chikugo River had become what it is today. It has been said that the waters of the rivers holds a connection with past events and legends, believed by people at large.

Now, the river and the temple is known for housing the God that gives easy delivery to pregnant women. Additionally, the inner shrine is also known to hold a history in relation with the imperial patriot, Maki Yasuomi. Within the temple ground, a bronze statue of Maki Yasuomi can be viewed by the public.

From the 3rd of May until the 7th of May, the 'Suitengu Spring Festival' - aimed to give ease to childbirth and prevention from water-related disasters - is held and is attended by many boys an girls, as well as pilgrims, to greet the coming summer. In August (the 5th), the 'Chikugo River Fireworks Festival' (once named the 'Suitengu Offering Fireworks Festival') is held in commemoration of Arima Tadayori's arrival to the temple i 1650 (third year of the Keian calender).

Presently, over 18,000 fireworks are fired during the festival and has become Western Japan's biggest fireworks festival.


Festival of Kurume city in this month

Timeline of The 'Water Temple' Suitengu