Ikuta Shrine is the most well-known shrine in the city of Kobe. It is among the oldest in Japan, being mentioned in the Kojiki. The primary enshrined kami is Wakahirume-no-Mikoto. The shrine is most famous for its relation to the Genpei War, during which a major battle happened in its surrounding forest, Ikuta no Mori. A small part of that forest still remains in the rear of the shrine, which is a peaceful oasis in the center of Kobe City.