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Washinomiya Shrine

The oldest shrine in the Kanto region with a large number of cultural assets.

(Shinto) shrines and (Buddhist) temples

Washinomiya Shrine is said to have the oldest history in Kanto. The shrine is also mentioned in the Azuma Kagami, a historical book from the Kamakura period (1185-1333).

The shrine was especially popular among warlords, and the Kamakura Shogunate rebuilt the main shrine under the protection of the Hojo and Ashikaga clans. The Kamakura shogunate rebuilt the main shrine, and the Tokugawa shogunate donated 400 goku to the temple, so the temple has been protected by powerful supporters in each era. The temple has many cultural assets in its collection, including ancient documents, mirrors, and swords, so it is worth a visit for history buffs.

In addition to the above, the Haji Ichiryu Saibara Kagura, which is dedicated every year on New Year's Day, February 14, April 10, July 31, October 10, and Hatsu-Akane in December, is designated as a nationally important intangible folk cultural property. The solemn dances accompanied by musical accompaniment create a simple yet elegant atmosphere.

The popular shrine, which ranks second in the prefecture in terms of the number of visitors at the beginning of the year, also enshrines Onamuchi-no-mikoto, a god famous for bringing people together. In recent years, the shrine has also become famous as a site for anime, and is known as one of the pioneering shrines for pilgrimages to sacred sites in anime.

Highlights

  • The shrine is known as the oldest in the Kanto region.
  • The Haji ichiryu Saibara Kagura, which is dedicated six times a year, is designated as a national important intangible folk cultural property.
  • The shrine is home to many cultural assets, including ancient documents, mirrors, and swords.
  • The number of visitors to the shrine on the first three days of the New Year is the second largest in the prefecture.
  • In recent years, the shrine has also become popular as a stage for animation.

Photos

  • The oldest grand shrine in Kanto

    The oldest grand shrine in Kanto

  • The solemn pathway leads to the temple.

    The solemn pathway leads to the temple.

  • Designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset, the "Haji Ichiryu Saibara Kagura"

    Designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset, the "Haji Ichiryu Saibara Kagura"

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Details

Name in Japanese
鷲宮神社
Postal Code
340-0217
Address
1-6-1 Washinomiya, Kuki City, Saitama
Telephone
0480-58-0434
Admission
Free
Opening hours
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Time of Prayer and Payment before God)
Access
8-minute walk from Washinomiya Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)