A Shinto Shrine Famous for Enshrining the Guardian Deity of "Happo-yoke"
Worshipped as a guardian deity throughout the Kanto region since ancient times, "Happo-yoke" literally means "Avoid (misfortune) on all 8 sides". This shrine is famous for using the guidance of compass points and the knowledge of auspicious days to remove the danger of disaster while ensuring prosperity and happiness.
Samukawa-Jinja is where the powerful of ancient times, such as Minamoto no Yoritomo, founder of the Kamakura Shogunate, a fervent believer, came to worship. Also known as the shrine where the deity of increasing audience share is enshrined, it is said that many entertainers worship here, too.
Behind the main shrine, there is a Japanese garden called "Kantakeyama", where only those who have received an exorcism can enter. Designed with strolling paths around a central pond, this garden also features an archives center and a tea house. Stop by for a cup of matcha while taking in the beauty of the four seasons.
From January 1 to February 3, the Shinmon (shrine gate) is decorated to look like the Nebuta Matsuri of Aomori and is illuminated at night.
Based on the name of "Happo-yoke", the Japanese confections called "Hachifuku-mochi" (Eight Ways of Happiness Rice Cakes) are sold in shops near the shrine. They are popular souvenirs!
This is where "Happo-yoke", the deity guarding against misfortune, is worshipped.
Feel the seasons change in the Japanese garden, Kantakeyama Shinen.
This is the only place where you can get "Hachifuku-mochi" confections.
- Postal Code
- 3916 Miyayama, Samukawa, Koza-gun, Kanagawa
*Shin-en is open from the beginning of March to the beginning of December.
It is closed on Mondays.
From 6:00 am to sunset
*Shin-en is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
- About 5 minutes on foot from Miyayama Station on the JR Sagami Line
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)