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  • Chiba-jinja Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Chibashi Chuou-ku Innai 1-16-1
    Chiba-jinja Shrine is the main shrine of the bodhisattva Myoken, who offers protection for people who are of ages considerably considered unlucky. Myoken, the principal god enshrined here, is the spirit of the North Star, the Pole Star positioned at the center of the heavens, and he shares the shrine with the gods Futsu and Yamato Takeru no Mikoto. This shrine is said to be efficacious against bad luck during two types of unlucky ages, and it is a favorite place for people to pray for good luck or to celebrate special events in their lives.

    During a recent family trip through Chiba we stopped off at this shrine to share with our children a little about Japanese culture. This shrine was inviting to us and my children loved seeing the...

  • Awa-jinja Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Tateyamashi Daijingu 589
    Awa-jinja Shrine, said to date from 660, includes the Kaminomiya (main shrine), Shimonomiya (auxiliary shrine), Itsukushimasha (subordinate shrine), and Kotohirasha (subordinate shrine). The primary Kami honored here is Ame-no-Futodama-no-mikoto, who is the kami of all Japan’s industry. After visiting, please stop at the Azuchi Tea House in the shrine grounds.

    I came here on Saturday noon. There aren't much people, which make the place silent harmonically with a lot of trees. This shrine is surrounded by mountains, so you can feel good Japanese nature...

  • Ninomiya-jinja Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Funabashishi Miyama 5-20-1
    "This Shinto shrine is said to have been built by decree of the Emperor Saga between 810 and 823. It was a popular place of worship as it was the guardian shrine of the area's 23 villages. Compiled in the year 905, the Engi-shiki Jinmyo-cho lists it as Samukawa-jinja Shrine, one of the two leading sanctuaries in Chiba County, but the bell installed in 1303 has an insignia reading ""Ninomiya,"" so some think its name was bestowed in the Kamakura period. It's an important venue for the Shimosa Miyama Seven-Year Festival, a Chiba Prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Property. Portable sanctuaries from the area shrines converge on the grounds during the Anzan Orei Taisai Festival."

    1200年ほどの歴史ある神社です。 七五三と年末年始は大変賑わいます。 丑年と未年に開催の7年祭には、付近の4市9神社を挙げての大祭があり、次回は2022年でしょうかね。

  • Tamasaki Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Chouseigunichinomiyamachi Ichinomiya 3048
    The Engishiki Jinmyocho, a list of shrines compiled in the Heian period, includes the name of the Tamasaki Shrine. It has long been the primary shrine of the Kazusa region, and has kept the ancient rites all that time. The main building is rare in that it is built in the black-lacquered Gongen-zukuri style, and is quite beautiful. Other sights are t a monument with a haiku from Basho, and the stands of yew plum pines. The Kazusa Kagura sacred music is present seven times a year, and is designated an Intangible Folk Cultural Property by Chiba Prefecture.

    It's nothing special, but it's the only shrine around, so we went for New Years. It's been under construction for a very long time, no end in sight. That means it's not very pretty looking right now...

  • Atago-jinja Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Nodashi Noda 725
    "This Shinto shrine on the Nagareyama Highway in the Noda section of Noda City was founded in 923. Its god is worshiped for fire prevention, and local people familiarly refer to it as ""Atago-sama."" The current shrine dates from 1824, and the main hall features carvings by the Edo Period master carpenter Ishihara Tsunehachi II. It's been designated a prefectural Tangible Cultural Property."
  • Tsurugaya Hachimangu Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Tateyamashi Yawata 68
    Tsurugaya Hachinmangu is a shrine located in Hachiman in the city of Tateyama. It was originally built in the early Heian period (794?1185) in Fuchu in the present-day city of Minami Boso as the main shrine for the old province of Awa. Its major festival in September, Awa Yawatanmachi, has been held continuously for about 1,000 years and has been designated a Prefectural Intangible Folk Cultural Property. The festival procession features mikoshi (portable shrines) from ten shrines, four large floats, and a ship and draws large numbers of spectators.
  • Tomisaki-jinja Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Katsurashi Hamakatsura 1
    This Shinto shrine honors Amenotomi-no-Mikoto, a deity who legend says came to the Boso Peninsula from Shikoku introducing technology and culture. The shrine's Katsuura Big Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival) runs from late February to early March when about 1,800 Hina dolls adorn the 60 stone steps leading to the precincts. Stop by at night to see the spectacle illuminated.
  • Inage Sengen Jinja Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Chibashi Inage-ku Inage 1-10-15
    Inage Sengen Jinja Shrine is adjacent to Inage Park. Konohana-Sakuyabime-no-Mikoto, Ninigi-no-Mikoto, and Sarutahiko-no-Mikoto are the gods enshrined here, and branches of Yasaka Shrine, Inari Shrine, and Itsukushima Shrine are located on the grounds. Konohana-Sakuyabime-no-Mikoto is supposed to be effective for ensuring a safe birth and protecting children, so this shrine attracts pilgrims who are praying for a safe delivery, who are bringing their baby to a shrine for the first time and for the Shichi-Go-San festival, in which children ages three, five, and seven receive blessings. During the Sengen Shrine's major festival in July, a type of sacred theatrical dance known as Inage Sengen Jinja Kagura is performed. It has been designated a Prefectural Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
  • Oohi-jinja Shrine (Funabashi Daijingu Shrine)
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    Chiba Pref. Funabashishi Miyamoto 5-2-1
    This Shinto shrine is three minutes on foot from the Keisei Main Line's Daijingushita Station and 15 minutes on foot from Funabashi Station on the JR Sobu Line. It was founded when Yamato Takeru-no-Mikoto enshrined Amaterasu Sume Omikami there for worship after suppressing Japan's eastern regions. It is the largest and oldest shrine in the Funabashi region. Sumo wrestling takes place at its main annual festival on October 20 and has a history of more than 400-years. It's even recorded the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu watched Sumo bouts here.
  • Makata Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Naritashi Daikata 1
    This shrine is located in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture. The over 1,300-year old large Japanese cedar tree on the grounds is said to be the biggest in eastern Japan, and has now become popular as a power spot. Besides the Setsubun Festival and Otaue Festival (rice-planting festival) held in February and April, there is also an annual festival praying for bountiful harvests and to ward off evil on the last Sunday of July.
  • Susaki-jinja Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Tateyamashi Sunosaki 1344
    A Shinto shrine at Mt. Mitarashi honors the deity Amenohirinome-no-Mikoto. Worshiping there is thought to offer all sorts of benefits, like easing childbirth, providing safety at sea or on the road, good fishing, bountiful harvests, and warding off ill-fortune in general. After Minamoto no Yoritomo was defeated at the Battle of Ishibashiyama, he stopped there to worship. Since he prayed for better fortune for his clan, the shrine's also known for restoration and revival. There's a view of the Pacific Ocean and Mt. Fuji from the precincts.
  • Kemigawa-jinja Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Chibashi Hanamigawa-ku Kemigawachou 1-1
    Founded about 1,200 years ago, this Shinto shrine honors Jingisansha-Kemigawa-Daimyojin, a composite god consisting of Susanoo-no-Mikoto, Ukanomitama-no-Kami, and Izanami-no-Mikoto. People have visited from long ago, believing that worship here offered far-reaching benefits that included protection from calamities relating to age, direction, and dates, as well as effective divination around housing and natural features.
  • Matsudo Jinja Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Matsudoshi Matsudo 1457
    "Founded in 1626, Matsudo Jinja Shrine is a historical religious site, revered by Mito Mitsukuni (known as Mito Komon), the lord of Mito as the grand guardian gods of Matsudo. Its festival is on October 18, but a special celebration called ""Matsudo Jinja Shinkosai"" is celebrated only when October 18 falls on a Sunday. This observance is unique in Japan in that wooden images representing the gods of the four directions (Azure Dragon, White Tiger, Vermillion Bird, and Black Tortoise) join the festival procession. This festival was suspended after the 1941 observance, but in 1988, the rediscovery of the wooden images in the back of the storehouse prompted its revival."

    松戸で初詣といえばここ松戸神社ですね。松戸の鎮守であり市民憩いの場所です。松戸駅近く毎年伊勢丹の初売りといっしょに初詣に出かけます。夏の大祭も毎年盛り上がりま

  • Meiji Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Matsudoshi Kamihongou 2087
    "This shrine located in Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture is dedicated to Kuni no Tokotachi no Kami, and holds an annual festival every October. In addition, the annual festival prays for bountiful harvests and to ward off evil, and the city-designated intangible cultural property ""Sanbiki Shishimai"" (three lions dance) is performed. It is close to Toke Station on the JR Sotobo Line, and is visited by many worshipers."
  • Amatsu Shinmeigu Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Kamogawashi Amatsu 2954
    This shrine is dedicated to seven main gods including Amaterasu Sume-okami, Toyouke no Okami, Yae Kotoshironushi no Kami and Oyamazumi no Kami. It was originally dedicated to Yae Kotoshironushi no Kami, but Minamoto no Yoritomo prayed for the spirit of Ise to come in the Kamakura period (1185?1333) and enshrined together, so the shrine is also called Boshu Ise no Miya. The maruba-chisha-no-ki (round-leaved lettuce tree) on the west side of the premises are sub-tropical tall deciduous trees, and because it is said they are of extremely high value as the northernmost trees growing naturally in the wild, they have been designated as a prefectural natural monument.

    鴨川方面から小湊方面に向かう場合、通常は天津バイパスを利用するのですが、当日は海岸よりの下道(旧国道128号線)を走ることとなり、天津漁港を過ぎた辺りで「天津神明宮」の看板を偶々見つけて立ち寄りました。128号線を左折してから神宮までの道はかなり狭いですが、距離は数百メートルと近かく、数か所に専用駐車場の表示があるので分かり易いです。天津神明宮は想像以上に大きく壮観で天照皇大神ほか7柱の神が祀られ...

  • Katori-jinja Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Nodashi Kimagase 5888
    This Shinto shrine is located in Shimone, Kimagase, Noda City. It honors the deity Futsunushi-no-Kami. Three mythical shishi perform the lion dance here, and they have a precious ancient manuscript called the Kenpo Hidensho. At their annual fall festival on November 23 they hold lion dancing and boken wooden sword ceremonies, which have been designated Intangible Folk Cultural Properties by the city.
  • Shirako Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Chouseigunshirakomachi Seki 5364
    This shrine located in Chosei County, Chiba Prefecture is said to have been founded in 1048 when praying for and dedicating it to Okuninushi no Okami. Its nickname is Shirako-sama, and every spring it holds the Otaue Matsuri (rice-planting festival) that is a designated intangible cultural property. The festival prays for the fertility of the five grains and for prosperous business, and is a rare advance blessing ritual performed indoors.
  • Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Ichikawashi Yawata 4-2-1
    This Shinto shrine was founded at the end of the 9th century, branching off from Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine on the order of Emperor Uda. It honors Emperor Ojin, Empress Jingu, and Tamayorihime-no-Mikoto. Worshiping there is said to ward off misfortune and invite good luck, help with smooth childbirth, provide a safe childhood, and so on. A sacred ginkgo tree on the grounds known as the Senbon Icho is estimated to be 1,200 years old and is a National Natural Monument.
  • Akagi-jinja Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Nagareyamashi Nagareyama 6-chome 649
    Akagi-jinja Shrine, which is connected to legends about place names in Nagareyama, is located at the top of Mt. Akagi, 15 meters above sea level. The shimenawa (sacred rope) inside the precincts is massive: 10 meters long and 1.5 meters thick, weighing about 500 kg. Each year in October the parishioners of the shrine braid a new shimenawa, and this custom has been designated a City Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
  • Takabe-jinja Shrine
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    Chiba Pref. Minamibousoushi Chikurachouminamiasai 164
    This is a shrine in Minamiasai, Chikura-cho, Minamiboso City. As the history of the shrine is very old, there is even a description of the shrine in the Nihon-shoki (the oldest chronicles of Japan). Also, it is known as the only shrine in Japan that is dedicated to the god of cooking and it gathers faith from many people in the food industry. A “Knife Ceremony” takes place annually in May, October and November, where a fish is prepared using just a knife and chopsticks and dedicated to the god.

    Being a prize-winning cook, I wanted to visit Takabe Shrine (early 1600s) at least once to pay my respects. A book from the year 789, tells the story of Emperor Keikou, the father of Emperor Yamato...

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The Boso Peninsula forms the main body of Chiba prefecture, and this is where you’ll find its endless warm water beaches and jagged mountains. Further inland, Naritaーmost famous as the home of Narita Airportーis a secret haven of tradition and history in the form of centuries-old Shinshoji Temple and quaint wooden Edo buildings. Chiba prefecture is also home to both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.

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