Kashima Shrine is where Takemikazuchi-no-Okami, a kami of martial arts, is enshrined.
Founded in 660, it is a historical shrine.
Now designated as an important cultural asset, four parts of the shrine, Honden, Okunoin, Kariden, and Haiden, were built by the second Tokugawa Shogun, Hidetada, in 1619. The 13-meter-tall red romon (tower gate) at Kashima Shrine is one of the Three Great Romon of Japan, and it has also been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.
The vast forest around Kashima Shrine is home to over 600 types of trees, including cedar, beech, oak, and fir. The trees have been designated as natural monuments by Ibaraki Prefecture. Of all the trees in the forest, the oldest and largest tree is called “Goshinboku,” and it stands around 40 meters tall and is about 1300 years old.
There is plenty to see at Kashima Shrine, including “Kanameishi,” a rock that is said to be holding down the head of a giant catfish that causes earthquakes from deep underground, “Mitaraishi,” where over 400,000 liters of water springs forth daily, and “Sazare-Ishi,” (a large stone that was once a pile of pebbles that fused over a long time) which is referenced in the Japanese anthem.
Basic information on Kashima Shrine
- 2306-1, Kyuchu, Kashima City, Ibaraki
- 10 minutes on foot from Kashimajingu Station