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Nagoya Atsuta Shrine

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Nagoya Atsuta Shrine

Atsuta Shrine is located in the heart of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, and is one of the oldest shrines in Japan. Atsuta Shrine has a total area of 190,000 square meters, built in the style of the gods with a cooper roof. It's said that it was built by Emperor during the 2nd century AD, thus it now has a history of about 1900. It is famous for storing the sacred sword Kusanagi-no-tsurugi, one of the three great artifacts in Japan. It is also known as the three great shrines, together with Ise Shrine and Meiji Shrine, in Japan.

The Atsuta Shrine is mainly dedicated to Atsuta-no-Ookami, but it also worships Amaterasu-Oomikami, Yamatotakero-no-Mikoto, Takeinadane-no-Mikoto, Susanoo-no-Mikoto, Miyasuhime-no-Mikoto, who have been highly valued and respected in local Japan. Japanese leaders from all time expressed their respect for Atsuta Shrine. For example, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered repair to the shrine. Moreover, in recent years, the Japanese emperors and empresses have also visited here.

What to See in Atsuta Shrine

Kusanagi-no-tsurugi served as the symbol of the royal family, and it has been passed down as one of the three artifacts from generation to generation by the Japanese emperor. It has been worshipped by the Japanese people, who believed that it was originally from the infamous snake monster responsible for incurring disasters.

Embraced by a forest, Atsuta Shrine has a solemn atmosphere, and it is an important historical site in Nagoya. The most visited place in Atsuta Shrine is the Treasure Hall, which collects about 4,000 treasures. Most of the treasures are from the royal family and Tokugawa, including knives, antiques, artworks, and classical literature, all of which are regarded as national cultural property.

Nobunaga's Wall is a 2 meter high, 120 meter-long, tile-topped wall made from traditional Japanese kawara roof tiles sandwiched between a sandy-clay cement, and located among the ancient trees and shrines of the sacred Atsuta Jingu Shrine in the southern suburbs of Nagoya City. Known as the Nobunaga Bei, the wall is an Otsuchistyled wall built around Atsuta Shrine by the warlord of Owari, (Western Aichi Prefecture) Oda Nobunaga following his victory in the Battle of Okehazama in 1560, when he defeated invading Imagawa Yoshimoto army of 25,000 with just 2,500 of his own men. Much of the impressive wall was destroyed during the air raids of WW2, but it is recognized as one of Japan's three most important Otsuchi styled walls, along with those of the Sanjusangen-do of Kyoto and those of the Hyogo Nishinomiya Shrine.

There are more than 70 festivals hosted by Atsuta Shrine throughout the year, thus visitors can encounter one of them anytime visit. The main festivals include Hatsu-Ebisu, Yodameshi Shinji, Touka Shinji, Hosha Shinji in January; Bugaku Shinji, Eyoudo Shinji, Shinyo-Togyo Shinji in May; and Rei Sai (The Main Festival) in June. Many couples would come for their wedding ceremony, to pray for the harmonious marriage from the gods. Unsurprisingly, the place full of lively atmosphere all year round, attracting many tourists to visit.

How to Get to Atsuta Shrine
Address: 1-1-1 Jingu, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya, Japan 456-8585
Hours: Whole Day
Admission: Free (Treasure Hall: 300 yen)

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Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • What time does Atsuta Shrine open?
    Atsuta Shrine is open all day long during the year. The public can come to visit, pray, and host events, and it is free of admission.
  • Is it convenient to get to Atsuta Shrine by public transportation?
    Via Meitetsu Railway: 3 minutes walk from after getting off at Jingumae Station
    Via JR: 8 minutes walk from after getting off at Atsuta Station
    Via Subway: 7 minutes walk from after getting off at Jingu-Nishi Station
  • Is there any parking fee at Atsuta Shrine?
    Atsuta Shrine offers free parking to visitors. Parking is located east of the main entrance on the Otsu-Dori Street.
  • How much does it cost to visit Treasure Hall?
    The admission fee to the Treasure hall is 300yen for adults, 150yen for high school and primary school students. Open from 9:00~16:30.
  • Can I see Kusanagi-no-tsurugi at Atsuta Shrine?
    You might get a chance to see it. The Treasure Hall at Atsuta Shrine collects over 4000 artifacts including Kusanagi-no-tsurugi, most of which are swords. These treasures are exhibited by turns in the Hall for showing to the public. The articles on display are exchanged every month.
  • What restaurant is recommended near Atsuta Shrine?
    You can try the authentic kishimen Noodle at Miyakishimen Jingu inside of Atsuta Shrine. The Atsuta Horaiken Jingu near the Atsuta Shrine is also very popular. Additionally, there are Oyasumi Facility Kiyometeahouse, Tempura Kappo Izen, Tenkaippin, and many other restaurants where you can try eel over rice, Japanese dessert, and tempura.
  • What else to see near Atsuta Shrine?
    About 4Km east of Atsuta Shrine is the famous cherry blossom spots: Yamazakigawa Riverside. About 5Km north of Atsuta Shrine is the Osu Kannon Temple, and about 7Km north of Atsuta Shrine is the Nagoya Castle. If you have sufficient time, you can also visit Tsuruma Park, Science Museum, and Nagoya Port, which are also conveniently accessible.
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