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熱田神宮 Atsuta Jingu Shrine

  • Temples / Shrines / Cathedrals
  • Around Nagoya
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Around Nagoya
1-1-1 Jingu, Atsuta-ku Nagoya-shi, Aichi 456-0031, Japan
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Opening Hours
Shrine precinct - 24hours, Homotsu-kan - 9:00-16:30
Shrine - Open Every Day, Homotsu-kan - Last Wednesday and Thursday, December 25-31
Date of post:2015/07/24

Nagoya's spiritual oasis

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Tourist Center Address:1-1-1 Jingu, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya-city, AICHI pref.
Japan Category : Shrine
Opening Hours : Always open
Tel.: +81-52-671-4151

1. Outline
Atsuta shrine is located in Nagoya city, one of the most important shrines in Japan, along with the Ise shrine in Mie prefecture. It is believed that it was established during the time of Emperor Keiko (71-130). The shrine is familiarly known as Atsuta-san for Nagoya citizens. From the old time, many people have been coming to pray for their family's happiness and safety, New Year is the most crowed, and also in May and June during the shrine festival time. The shrine complex is about 200,000 m² area and it has over 9 million visitors annually.

According to the old history documents, Yamato-Takeru-no-mikoto, a general who subjugated in eastern Japan, married a local princess during Emperor Keiko's reign. After his death, possessions of the dead prince including the famous sword Kusanagi, were gathered, venerated and presented to the Atsuta shrine by his widow. The sword Kusanagi became one of the three Sacred Treasures, symbolizing the Japanese Imperial throne, as well as Yata-no-Kagami (mirror) and Yasakani-no-Magatama (precious stone). People believe that the sword Kusanagi is still in the Atsuta Shrine. Do you believe so too?

2. Entrance Fee
Free of charge
In the Japanese tradition, when we pray in front of the main shrine building, we throw some small coins like 10-100 yen into the offer box.

3. Access
Atsuta Shrine is near the city center of Nagoya, there are several ways to access.
Via Meitetsu railway: only three minutes walk from Jingumae station
Via JR. (Japan Rail): eight minutes walk from Atsuta station
Via subway: seven minutes walk from Jingu-Nishi station

4. My recommendations
I am a local resident worshiping the guardian deity of Atsuta shrine. Every New Year’s day, we went to pray for our family's happiness, safety and success. Therefore it is a very important and special place for me. There are many festivals and events especially in January, May and June.

5. Best visit time
You can visit the shrine anytime any day. Summer is very hot in Nagoya but in the Shrine it is cooler than outside because there are a lot of trees.
Spring is beautiful with the cherry blossoms and Autumn is also beautiful with colorful leaves.

6. Other
One of the greatest hero in the war that opposed the Northern court and Southern court of Japan (late 16th century) is Nobunaga ODA, my favorite hero who was born near Nagoya. Before going to the famous battle of Okehazama in 1560 against Yoshimoto IMAGAWA, he went to Atsuta shrine to pray for the victory. He won the battle and as a thank you gift to the Atsuta shrine, he donated a wall to the shrine. The Nobunaga-bei (wall) is still existing and we can see, even we can touch.

Date of post:2015/07/24

A large forest in Nagoya and one of the greatest centers of worship in Japan.

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Atsuta Jingu was founded about 1900 years ago. It has been one of the greatest centers of worship in Japan. About 8 million people visit and pray at Atsuta Jingu every year.

Atsuta Jingu is famous for Kusanagi-no-tsurugi. It is a sword and one of three scared imperial treasures. Even though it is the emperor, we can not see it. But, it has been enshrined in Atsuta Jingu since ancient times.
The chief diety is Atsuta-no-Ookami who is Amaterasu-Oomikami as represented by the sacred sword. And also, the five great gods mythologically connected with the sacred sword are enshrined in Atsuta Jingu.

Atsuta Jingu is located on the center of Nagoya City. But, the whole site of Atsuta Jingu is huge. The site covers 190000 square meters. It is a huge forest in a city. So, if you are tired of the noises in a city, you can go to Atsuta Forest and take a rest there. Comphor trees, Muku trees (Aphananthe aspera), Japanese zelkova and Japanese hackberry grow thickly. And, we can listen to birdcalls. We can feel quiet atmosphere. The trees seem to create arches from the entrance to the main shrine. We can see moss on the surfaces of some trees. And, on the way approaching the main shrine, there are comphor trees which are more than 1000 years old. They show amazing appearances.

Not only the main shrine, there are many shrines in the site of Atsuta Jingu.
There are a shrine for eyes, a shrine for business, a shrine for medicine, a shrine for travel and so on. It might be interesting to visit each place with a map. As one of an unique place, there is a place to exorcise a car of evil spirits. There is a special course for it. If we buy a new car, we can receive the ceremony there. It seems to be so Nagoya.

And also, about 60 festive occasions and 10 special Shinto rituals have been taking place with following traditional ways every year. If you are interested in those events, please check the schedule of events, before you will visit Atsuta Jingu.

  • * The information above is from the date of the review. Please be aware that some of the content may vary from the most recent information.
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