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  • Yahiko-jinja Shrine
    265 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Nishikambaragunyahikomura Yahiko 2887-2
    Yahiko-jinja Shrine, situated at the foot of Mt. Yahiko in Yahiko Village, Nishikanbara County, Nigata Prefecture, is a shrine of the old Echigo Province and even appears in the Manyoshu (collection of Japanese poetry). The enshrined deity, Ame-no-Kaguyama-no-Mikoto, has long been widely worshipped as the god of culture and development in Echigo Province. The impressive shrine building, erected in front of the backdrop of cedar and zelkova forests and Mt. Yahiko, was rebuilt in 1916. The Shida-no-otachi long sword, designated a national important cultural property, and other weapons connected with Minamoto No Yoshiie, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, and Uesugi Kenshin, are on display in the shrine’s treasure hall.

    Travel from Tokyo to Yahiko Shrine on 29 Oct, drizzling & quiet town. About 15min walk from Yahiko station, passed by tourist center & some shops, from far saw a red tall torii gate standing in...

  • Shirayama Hime-jinja Shrine
    1 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Teradomari Ninonquin 2768
    Shirayama Hime-jinja Shrine is located on a hill in Teradomari, Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture, which has been the guardian deity of the local area for a long time. The shrine has been built at the top of 125 stone steps which lead up from the shrine gate. The views from the top overlooking the Sea of Japan are wonderful. The enshrined deities are the two gods, Izanami no mikoto and Kukurihime no mikoto. They draw seafaring worshippers praying for safety at sea, and the deities are also worshipped as gods of national security and rural development. The spring festival is held on May 3rd and 4th every year where the daimyo’s procession takes place along the Hokkoku Kaido (north Japan highway).


  • Kotohira Jinja Shrine
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Nishiumayajimachou 2337
    From the JR Niigata Station take the Niigata Tourist Loop Bus to the Ishizue-cho stop and then walk for 10-minutes. The shrine is located near the entrance to the Konpira-Dori Shopping District. The enshrined deities are Omononushi-no-Okami and Funadama-no-Okami who were moved here from Kotohira Shrine in Kagawa. The 28 model ships dedicated to the shrine for safe voyage by the operators of the Kitamaebune shipping line which ran from the Edo period to the Meiji period have been designated a Japanese Tangible Folk Cultural Property. Advance contact is required for access to the storage facility where they are stored.
  • Kasuga Shrine
    1 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi Kasuga 18
    This shrine is located ten minutes by car from the Joetsu Interchange, at the foot of Mt. Kasuga in Joetsu City. Enshrined here is a division of the deity in the Kasuga Grand Shrine in Nara. It was the first deity to be divided in Japan, according to records in Kasuga Grand Shrine. The shrine was first built on Mt Kasuga's peak in the year 958, and then relocated along with Kasugayama Castle fortifications in 1381. The cedar trees lining the steep stone steps are rather impressive. The shrine prospered under Uesugi, the Shugodai (representative) of Echigo for generations, and from the time of Kenshin Uesugi, belief in this deity became more intense and it became worshipped as the tutelary deity of the region. The Kasuga lanterns lining the grounds are said to have been made in the Edo period.


  • Koryu Shrine
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Yomogihiramachi Party 1590-4
    This shrine is located beside the Ota River in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture. The deity enshrined here governs mercantile prosperity and many people come from other prefectures to pray here. Climbing the 118 steps to the shrine (there is an elevator to make the shrine easily accessible to the elderly), the small grounds of the shrine come into view, surrounded on three sides by the mountains. In the main hall, business cards of people who come here to pray for their businesses to be profitable and for their economic fortunes to improve can be seen stuck into the wall. Following the defeat of the warrior of the Southern Court, the warrior came to live in Yomogihira, the land of the Ryujin (Dragon God), from the capital. The dragon is enshrined here, and the white snake that is the messenger of the dragon is said to actually exist here.
  • Kasugayama-jinja Shrine
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    Nigata Pref. Jouetsushi Daizu 1743
    This shrine located on the side of Mt. Kasuga in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture was built in 1901 by Ogawa Kiyoharu, the father of author Ogawa Mimei. The shrine's diety, the warlord Uesugi Kenshin, was enshrined there when part of the tutelary deity of Uesugi Shrine in Yonezawa City, Yamagata Prefecture was shared with it through a ritual called bunrei. It is notable for the straight lines and stout appearance of its Shinmei-zukuri? (a style of shrine architecture based on that of Ise Jingu) main shrine building. The memorial museum located on the temple grounds displays artifacts pertaining to Uesugi Kenshin, as well a stone monument bearing Ogawa Mimei's masterpiece poem Kumo no Gotoku (Like a Cloud), as well as a number of stone statues with inspired by his children's tales.
  • Nuttari Hakusan-jinja Shrine
    4 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Nuttarihigashi 1-1-17
    This shrine is located next to Nuttari Elementary School. Unknown what year the shrine was established, it enshrines the Shinto deities Kukurihime-no-Mikoto and Amaterasu-omikami. The shrine, which is a successor of Mikuri Shrine, one of the shrines listed in the Engi-Shiki, is the tutelary shrine of all of Nuttari County. The current main shrine building was built by the master carpenter Kumagaya Gentaro. It is notable for its magnificent all-keyaki (Japanese Zelkova tree) construction and its intricately carved details. The shrine building was relocated in June 2016 using human power alone via a method called hikiya to make room for an expansion of Kurinoki Bypass.


  • Niigata Gokoku-jinja Shrine
    18 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Nishifunamichou 5932-300
    This shrine surrounded by a pine tree forest is a 20-minute drive from Niigata Chuo Interchange. It was founded in 1868 in Tokiwaoka, Niigata City (currently the Niigata University Faculty of Medicine in Ichibancho, Asahimachi, Chuo Ward, Niigata City) as a shrine dedicated to the spirits of the war dead. A municipal promenade has been built next to the grounds of the shrine, making it a popular place for a walk. The shrine holds thrice-monthly festivals on the 1st, 8th, and 15th of each month. During the festivals, the shrine's priests make ritual prayers to calm the divine spirits and wish for renewed tranquility and health. The shrine hosts kyudo (Japanese archery), youth sumo, setsudando (a form of swordsmanship), jukendo (bayonet fighting), and kenmaido (sword dance) competitions. One of its most popular events is the kodomo mikoshi (a portable shrine carried by children), which is held on Children's Day every year.


  • Hotokusan Inari Taisha Shrine
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Iduka 870
    A 10-minute drive from Nagaoka-Minami-Koshiji Smart Interchange, this shrine is beloved by locals of Nagaoka City as Iwatsuka no Oinari-san (the Inari Shrine of Iwatsuka). It enshrines the Shinto deity Amaterasu-shiragiku-hotoku-okami. The shrine is said to have originated when Itete-no-Himiko ordered Mononobe-no-Minowahime-no-Mikoto to build a shrine to Amaterasu, Hi no Miya no Miyashiro, in the Village of Nuna. The stunning beauty of the large vermillion-lacquered shrine building standing on a small hill attracts a large number of visitors from across the country. The shrine also being known as the Rosoku no Oinari-san (the Inari shrine of candles). Because of this, it is said that if someone writes their wish on a candle at the shrine's shinkosai (a festival celebrating the temporary transfer of the object of worship from its main shrine) held late at night each November 2nd, it will come true.
  • Hakkaisanson Shrine
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    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumashi Osaki 3746
    Hakkaisan-sonjinja Shrine is located about 10 minutes by car from the Yamato Smart Interchange on the Kan-Etsu Expressway in the city of Minami Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture. It was founded on the basis of oracular instructions from Nakatomi no Kamatari, a seventh-century government official. Kuni-no-Satsuchi-no-Mikoto is one of the gods enshrined there. Clapping one's hands produces an echo, and there is an open space where sound reverberates. Historical relics and votive items and famous sites, such as the sacred cave of Taiken Gyosha, who revived the temple, are found throughout the grounds, and the basalt rock from Mt. Hakkaisan. Festivals that take place here include a thrilling Fire Walking Festival, in which the general public may apply to participate, as well the annual Setsubun Festival, O-Yama-Biraki (the springtime opening of the mountain climbing season), and others.
  • Watatsu Shrine
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Hamochiioka 550-4
    This shrine is one of the nine Sado-no-Shikinai Shrines. Called Sado Ichinomiya, it is a prestigious shrine visited by many pilgrims as they travel to each of the Ichinomiya shrines. Isotakeru and Susano-no-mikoto are enshrined as the deities of this shrine, and it is said that they bring safety to travellers. There are also yearly festivals held here, such as the Island Safe Travels Prayer Festival and the Island Maritime Safety Prayer Festival.
  • Shiizaki Suwa Shrine
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    Niigata Sado-shi Harakuro
    An ancient Shinto shrine which records state was built in 1376 during the Muromachi period. Standing on a rise overlooking Lake Kamo, the shrine was the guardian shrine of the Kuji Honma, a local family with much influence in the area. The shrine’s noh stage, believed to have been erected in 1902, has been registered as a Tangible Folk Cultural Properties by the prefectural government. This stage is known for hosting the most noh performances in Sado. On Saturdays from May to early October (excluding August), wondrous firelight noh plays are held here, attracting large numbers of visitors from across the island and beyond. The shrine grounds are also a popular cherry blossom viewing destination in spring.
  • Daizen Shrine
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    Niigata Sado-shi Takeda 562-1
    Just when this ancient Shinto shrine was founded is not clear, but records state it was built by local influential personage Honma Yamashiroto enshrine late Kamakura period nobleman Hino Suketomo and ascetic hermit Daizenbo. It is said funds were solicited to build the shrine in order to appease the vengeful spirit of Daizenbo, who was executed for helping Suketomo’s child, Kumawakamaru, to run away. The structure which conspicuously asserts its presence on the grounds is Sado’s oldest extant noh stage. One of the Four Noh Stages of Sado Province, even today firelight noh theater and Sagi school kyogen farce performances are held using the stage. The stage’s painted backdrop depicts a pine tree with the sun in the background, and it is believed that this is the only remaining example of this unusual style of noh backdrop.
  • Minato Inari Shrine
    13 Reviews
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    Niigata Niigata-shi Chuo-ku Inarimachi 3482
    Records state this ancient Shinto shrine was started when its first head priest enshrined an oracle from Yonezawa in Dew Province here. Frequented by the workers of the nearby red-light district at the end of the Edo period, even today the shrine is still nicknamed the “Debauched Inari.” The shrine is famous for its “wish-granting” komainu lion-dog statues, which are said to grant one’s wish when walked around. The current statues are the third pair to have been erected. The second pair, bearing an inscription stating they were created in 1630, were designated Niigata City’s very first Tangible Cultural Property. According to custom, men walk around the statue on the right side when facing the shrine and women the left; it is said that one’s wish will be granted if one thinks of one’s wish while walking around the appropriate statue.

    A small beautiful shrine located among the residential area, just beside a local school. No one was around when I went there, so I can't ask any questions. I heard from a local friend that in olden...

  • Hachi Kaijin Yashiro
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    Niigata Minamiuonuma Yamaguchi 454
  • Ita Shrine
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    Niigata Joetsu-shi Gochi 6-1-11
  • Mano Miya
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    Niigata Sado-shi Mano 657
  • Taishi Shrine
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    Niigata Joetsu-shi Yoshikawa-ku Taishi 880
  • Isurugi Shrine
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    Niigata Sanjo-shi Yoshino Ya Otsu 262
  • Kanayama Shrine
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    Niigata Tsubame-shi Minami 3-chome

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Found along the northwestern coast of Japan, Niigata prefecture is celebrated for its high-quality rice and breathtaking nature, most notably its spectacular mountains, whose white peaks draw in snow sports lovers from far and wide over the winter months. Hit the slopes at Yuzawa, pick out your favourite modern artist at Echigo Tsumari, or take a ferry over to Sado Island for an extra adventure.

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