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Kameido Katori Shrine

Before a Competition, Athletes Pray to the Enshrined Deity for Victory in Sports

Shrine

Kameido Katori Jinja has its origins in the year 665, during the reign of Emperor Tenji, when Fujiwara no Kamiatari delivered his fighting sword in a ceremony to transfer the tutelary deity from Katori Taisha, the main Katori Shinto Shrine in Chiba.
During the Tengyo era (938-947), when Taira no Masakado revolted, Heian court emissary Fujiwara no Hidesato prayed here for victory before suppressing Taira.
Dedicating his bow and arrow in gratitude, Hidesato’s victory formed the origin of the Kachiya (“bow-and-arrow”) Festival, which has been held continuously for 1,000 years.
Receiving the reverence of famous shogun such as Minamoto no Yoritomo and Tokugawa Ieyasu, the ancestral spirits of Katori Taisha have been worshipped by people training in martial arts. Now worshipped as the “god of sports promotion”, this shrine gathers many athletes and related people who come to pray for victory.

Highlights

  • The god of victory in sports is enshrined here.
  • It is a shrine with over 1,300 years of history.
  • Famous commanders throughout history have also prayed at this shrine.
  • The Kachiya Festival has been held continuously for 1,000 years.

Photos

  • Kameido Katori Jinja, known for enshrining the god of sports

    Kameido Katori Jinja, known for enshrining the god of sports

  • The Victory Stone, regarded as a “power spot”

    The Victory Stone, regarded as a “power spot”

  • The Kachiya Festival parade of warriors is worth seeing

    The Kachiya Festival parade of warriors is worth seeing

  • The southern Torii Gate of Kameido Katori Jinja

    The southern Torii Gate of Kameido Katori Jinja

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Details

Name in Japanese
亀戸香取神社
Postal Code
136-0071
Address
3-57-22 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Telephone
03-3684-2813
Admission
Free
Closed
No holidays
Hours
9:00am-5:00pm
Access
About 10 minutes on foot from Kameido Station on the JR Sobu Line or Tobu Rail Kameido Line
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)