Kameido Katori Shrine
Before a Competition, Athletes Pray to the Enshrined Deity for Victory in Sports
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.
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.
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 3-57-22 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo
- No holidays
- About 10 minutes on foot from Kameido Station on the JR Sobu Line or Tobu Rail Kameido Line
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)