Atsuta Jingu (Atsuta Shrine)
The shrine that houses the sacred sword mentioned in “Kojiki” and “Nihon Shoki” (Chronicles of Japan including myths, legends, songs, genealogies and oral traditions).
About 1900 years ago, one of the Three Sacred Treasures (in Japanese mythology, the goddess, Amaterasu-Omikami, conferred on them. They were handed down as the proof of imperial succession), Kusanagi-no-tsurugi (sacred sword) , was dedicated here, which is said to be the beginning of this shrine.
There are total of 45 shrines besides the main hall, including separate halls, auxiliary shrines, and subordinate shrines, such as Kamichikama Shrine , where Ema ("picture-horse", a small wooden plaque, in which worshippers write prayers or wishes) are dedicated to pray for passing exams and for academic achievement, and Kusunomimaesha Shrine , which is worshipped by women as the god of safe childbirth. The war lord Oda Nobunaga visited here to pray for a victory before the Battle of Okehazama. It was known for the many believers among war lords. After the victory, Nobunaga dedicated an earthen wall as a token of appreciation, which still stands in front of the main hall.
One of the highlights is the Treasure Hall , which houses many valuable cultural assets and materials. It features a particularly large collection of swords and knives, including the National Treasure Rai Kunitoshi. In addition, there are more than 6,000 cultural assets, such as masks used in sacred dance rituals, displayed on a monthly basis (Contact office about the items on display).
“Sword Treasury, Kusanagikan ,” a new sword museum will be open in October of 2021. Nearly 450 swords and knives classified as national treasure or important cultural property, as well as treasure knives dedicated to a god in ancient times, will take turns to be on display.
In July of 2021, the surrounding area of Minami-shinike Pond was redesigned as Kusanagi Hiroba (plaza). There is a restaurant serving Nagoya’s famous Kishimen noodles, as well as other rest facilities for visitors.
One of the Three Sacred Treasures, Kusanagi-no-tsurugi (sacred sword) is dedicated here.
Has a large collection of valuable swords and knives, and the “Treasure Hall” and "Sword Treasury, Kusanagikan” are worth seeing.
Oda Nobunaga and other war lords worshipped here.
The vast temple yard is so refreshing to walk around.
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 1-1-1 Jingu, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi
- Open all year round (The Treasure Hall closes on the last Wednesday of the month and the following day)
- Open all year round (The Treasure Hall 9:00am - 4:30pm)
- Free (for the Treasure Hall, Adults 300yen, Elementary and Junior high school students : 150yen (Fees may change when special exhibitions or feature exhibitions are held)
1) Approx. 3 minutes walk from Jingumae Station on Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu)
2) Approx. 7 minutes walk from Jingu-Nishi Station on Nagoya Municipal Subway
3) Approx. 7 minutes walk from Tenmacho Station on Nagoya Municipal Subway
- Credit Cards
- Not accepted
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)