Uto Shrine


The birthplace of Aomori City, a shrine with over 1,200 years of history

This shrine is known as “the birthplace of Aomori City.” It is thought to have been founded when what is now Aomori City was still called Uto Village. The court noble Uto Chunagon Yasukata, who ruled over the area at the time, dedicated the shrine to the Three Goddesses of Munakata, daughters of the goddess Amaterasu, the highest deity in Japanese mythology. In 807, the shrine was rebuilt by the military leader Sakanoue no Tamuramaro. It subsequently became the guardian shrine of Aomori and still draws many worshippers to this day praying for peace and prosperity in the household, road safety, and success in business.

The shrine grounds, which have a solemn atmosphere brimming with history, feature a pond that was once a large lake. The spring located behind the hall of worship is said to be blessed by a dragon god. It has been worshipped by seafarers and merchants since ancient times and remains popular today for its mystical energy.

The shrine is known for its connection to the woodblock artist Munakata Shiko and houses some of his works. The grounds also contain many historic remains, including a monument marking the endpoint of the ancient Oshu Kaido highway, as well as stones inscribed with haiku by the poet Matsuo Basho.

General Information

Telephone Number
Open 24 hours
*Shrine office: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Approx. 10-minute walk from JR Aomori Station via Shinmachi-dori Street
Car Park
Please use the nearby paid parking lot “Parking Uto.”
*Parking for large buses also available (prior reservation required)
See trip advisor

Basic Information

  • Multilingual
  • Multilingual
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Contactless
  • Tax Free
  • Parking Lot
  • Barrier-Free
  • Barrier-Free

COVID-19 Prevention

  • Face Masks
  • Sanitizing
  • Temperature
  • Physical


Nearby sightseeing spots

Sakesakana Shun Mitsuishi
Sakesakana Shun Mitsuishi
APA Hotel Aomori Station Kenchodori
APA Hotel Aomori Station Kenchodori
Riken Western Tableware Store
Riken Western Tableware Store
Hotel JAL City Aomori
Hotel JAL City Aomori
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