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Atsuta Shrine

Atsuta ShrineAtsuta Shrine is a Shinto shrine located about 6 km south-southeast of Nagoya station.

It is unknown when this shrine was founded.
In Japanese myth, the hero Yamato-Takeru conqurered eastern Japan with the sacred Kusanagi Sword in the 1st century.
On his way to west, he married with Miyasuhime-no-mikoto in current Nagoya area. And he entrusted her with his sword.
After that, he went into battle again. But the unarmed fighter was lost, and died around current northern Mie Prefecture.
His wife built a shrine, and enshrined Kusanagi Sword in the shrine.
The shrine is Atsuta Shrine.

Kusanagi Sword is one of three sacred treasures given from the Sun Goddess (Amaterasu-oomikami).
The other ones are Yata-no-kagami mirror and Yasakani-no-magatama necklace.
The former is in Ise Shrine, and the latter is in Imperial Palace.

But these treasures never open to the public.
And it's not known that the sword exists in the shrine.

Emperor Antoku was only 5 years old and the symbol of the Taira Clan.
In 1185, Taira Clan was beaten by Minamoto Clan, the founder of Kamakura Government, and the emperor drowned himself in the sea with the three sacred treasures.
After that, it is said that two treasures were raised from the sea floor but Kusanagi Sword was lost.

Many of the buildings in this shrine was destroyed by air raid in World War II in 1945.
And main shrine was rebuilt in 1955.

More than 2.3 million worshippers visit here during the first three days of the New Year.

Atsuta Shrine official website

How to get to here

By railroad

  • By subway, get off at Jinguu-nishi (Meijo Line).
  • By Meitesu Line, get off at Jinguu-mae. (About 7 minutes from Meitesu-Nagoya)

Ichi-no-torii gate in Atsuta Shrine
Front shrine of Atsuta Shrine
Water ablution pavilion
Main shrine behind front shrine
Great camphor tree over 1,000 years old
Chickens in Atsuta Shrine

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