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Chiba Shrine

The god of warding off evil spirits, familiarized by the "Myoken Festival" that has continued since the Heian period.

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Shrine

The god of the North Star, Hokushin Myoken King, also known as "Ame-no-Mikoto Okami," is the main god enshrined, and is known to have power over the stars that lead people to good fate by removing "misfortunes" such as illness, accidents, and injuries. He is known among locals as "Myoken-sama," and worshipers come from, not only within the prefecture, but also from all over the country in the search of the power of good luck that eliminates evil.

The shrine was founded in the year 1000 (Choho 2), when Taira no Tadatsune, a representative military commander of the mid-Heian Period, established and began maintaining the monastery. From the year 1127 (Taiji 2), the "Myoken Festival" was held without once being interrupted until the present day, and has been gaining deeper reverence and attention. This festival lasts for a week (August 16th to 22nd of every year) and is also called the "One Word Myoken Festival" due to the saying that when one wish is made during this time, it will surely be granted.

The outstanding shrine is characterized by the rare multi-storied structure with a worship hall on both the 1st and 2nd floors. Although it was burnt down by an air raid during the war, it was later rebuilt and re-established in the Heisei Era. Chiba Tenjin Hall, which enshrines Sugawara no Michizane, the god of learning, is built on the shrine grounds, and sacred water could be taken at the Enju Well, a famous spiritual spring where one wish is said to be granted. The amulets are available throughout the year, including the ones used to prevent getting senile, are decorated with star crests such as the Sanko crest and Navagraha crest, both related to the deity of the North Star.

Highlights

  • Well known by the nickname "Myoken-sama" and enshrines the Hokushin Myoken King.
  • Familiarized by the "Myoken Festival" that continues since the year 1127 (Daiji 2).
  • Has a rare multi-story shrine with a hall of worship on the 1st and 2nd floors.

Photos

  • The multi-storied shrine

    The multi-storied shrine

  • The Chiba Tenjin that enshrines Sugawara no Michizane

    The Chiba Tenjin that enshrines Sugawara no Michizane

  • The Mikoshi of the Myoken Festival

    The Mikoshi of the Myoken Festival

  • Worshipers who attend the festival

    Worshipers who attend the festival

  • The Enju Well where the sacred water springs

    The Enju Well where the sacred water springs

Reviews

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  • 黃秀霜

    兩層樓式的拜殿很別緻,日本的神社很少看到有這樣的建築。

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Details

Name in Japanese
千葉神社
Postal Code
260-0018
Address
1-16-1 Innai, Chuo-ku, Chiba City, Chiba
Telephone
043-224-2211
Holiday
Open every day
Hours
6:00am ~ 6:00pm (Opening Time), 9:00am ~ 3:45pm (Prayer Reception), 8:45am ~ 5:30pm (amulet/ talisman pick-up window), 9:00am ~ 5:00pm (Ink calligraphy for amulets / seal stamps)
Admission
Free
Directions
Ride the JR/ Keisei/ Chiba Urban Monorail on any line to Chiba Station, then walk 12 minutes
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)