One of Japan’s oldest shrines is just a few minute’s walk away!
Ikuta Shrine [生田神社] is located about 15 minutes walk from the school. If you have even the slightest interest in traditional Japanese culture, the Ikuta Shrine is not to be missed – it’s one of the oldest in the country, and can be dated back to at least the 3rd century AD, where it is mentioned as being founded by the Empress Jingu in the Nihon Shoki.
The Kami Wakahirume is enshrined at Ikuta, and the grounds were used as a base for welcoming Samurai back from wars in Korea. It was the scene of the Ichi-no-Tani battle in the Genpei War, too, with several battle scenes marked out in the grounds.
Access to Ikuta is easy – just walk from the North exit of Sannomiya station. It’s well signposted from there. Even better, if you’re exhausted from all that culture, you’re then right on the edge of the Sannomiya entertainment area!