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Shrine Spots in Niigata / Tsukioka / Agano Area

  • Kotohira Jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Nuttari Hakusan-jinja Shrine
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.


  • Minato Inari Shrine
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Shimonohashi Hachiman Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Agano-shi
  • Sumiyoshi Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Gosen-shi

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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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