Shrines in Aichi
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Cleanse your soul at Atsuta Shrine
- Atsuta Shrine 熱田神宮 is considered one of the most prestigious shrines in Japan and houses one of the three Imperial Regalia of Japan, namely the Kusanagi sword. Although this treasure isn't available for public display, it is believed that Yamato Takeru used this sword to defend himself. Surrounded by thousands of trees, this large shrine compound offers a sense of spiritual tranquility for visitors, away from the busy concrete jungle.
Historic Sites of Okazaki
- Okazaki may not be a very large city, but when it comes to historical significance it’s well and truly punching far above its weight. From sacred shrines, towering castles and historic miso factories, there’s plenty here to keep history buffs from all walks of life very satisfied. Here’s a guide to some of the historical sites you just can’t miss. Okazaki Castle Okazaki Castle A symbol of the city, Okazaki Castle has long played a dominant role in the development of the city and its surrounds. Originally built in the mid-1450s, but was later moved to its current site in the early 1500s. After its establishment, the surrounding area became a prosperous castle town, thanks in a large part to its central location on the Tokaido highway between Kyoto and Tokyo (which at that time was called Edo). Today the castle features five interior floors, many of which are home to exhibits displaying artifacts from the original castle and other historical items such as armor, swords, and dioramas recreating scenes from local history. Take a strong around the castle and you’ll find a samurai-centric museum, teahouses, a Noh theater, and a small clock tower. Tatsuki Shrine Tatsuki Shrine Sitting adjacent to Okazaki Castle is Tatsuki Shrine, one of the city’s main local spiritual points of interest. Typically the temple is visited for significant life moments, including children’s coming of age milestones, New Year’s Day and wedding ceremonies. Here you’ll find idols dedicated to two of Japan’s famous Samurai, Ieyasu Tokugawa and Tadakatsu Honda. If you visit on or the days following New Year’s you can also sample usagi ziru (rabbit soup) which is served to visiting guests. Takisanji Temple and Takisanji Toshogu Shrine Takisanji Temple and Takisanji Toshogu Shrine Both located on the northern corners of Okazaki, Takisanji Toshogu Shrine and Takisanji Temple are both historical and spiritual treasures of the city and both are worth visiting if you do make it to the area. The Takisanji Temple you see today was built by a famous priest named Kanden, he was a cousin of Japan’s great founder of the Kamakura shogunate (Japanese feudal family) Minamoto Yoritomo (1147-1199). It’s said that Yoritomo’s teeth and hair have been enshrined here inside temple’s the statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Takisanji Temple and Takisanji Toshogu Shrine Takisanji Shrine was built in 1646, and today it (alongside with its neighboring temple) is home to the Oni Matsuri, which runs on the Saturday closest to the seventh day of the lunar calendar. It’s a vibrant an elaborate fire festival dedicated to Japan’s great demon/ ogre Oni. Old Streets Lined with Miso Storehouses (Hatchokura-dori) Old Streets Lined with Miso Storehouses (Hatchokura-dori) Located a short walk from Okazaki Castle you’ll find two rustic looking manufactories. These buildings are the city’s famous miso storehouses, which still to this day continue to produce the area’s delicious, traditional, dark red miso paste. With a history that stretches back over 500 years, it’s definitely worth visiting to get a newfound appreciation for this local culinary staple. You can sign up for a tour through the storehouses and sample the miso produced here. Honda Tadatsugu House Honda Tadatsugu House Built in 1932, the Honda Tadatsugu House is a fascinating architectural hybrid. A mix of western and Japanese design, it’s open for public inspection and sits on the edge of the East Park. Wander through the house to soak up its historic atmosphere and learn more about the early Showa-era, in which it was created. Arguably, the most striking feature of this house is its stained glass windows, which filter in different hues of light, and its meticulously crafted mosaic patterned bathrooms. Daijuji Shrine Daijuji Shrine Founded in 1475, the Daijuji Shrine is another one of the city’s popular spiritual sites, however what makes this place so culturally significant is its rich historical connection to the powerful Japanese leader Tokugawa Ieyasu. Founded by the ancestors of the Tokugawa clan the Matsudairas, it’s said that this is where Ieyasu once visited to seek refuge from conflict, determined to commit suicide in front of the graves of his ancestors, before a priest intervened and encouraged Ieyasu not to give up hope. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- Atsuta Jingu (Atsuta Shrine)
- Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Atsuta-ku Jingu 1-1-1
We arrived 1400h. There was only two tour buses. The rest were locals. So it was pretty quiet. It can get very crowded on special occasions and different season. It was a lovely walk and offering of...
- Betsuoe Shrine
- Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Kita-ku Yasui 4-14-14
- Sanko Inari Shrine
- Aichi Pref. Inuyamashi Inuyama Kitakoken 65-18
Pray for love and good couple life with heart-shape wooden plate. Don’t forget to make merit and ring the bell.
- Masumida Shrine
- Aichi Pref. Ichinomiyashi Masumida 1-2-1
愛知県一宮市真清田にある尾張国一宮。真清田神社は「ますみだじんじゃ」と読みます。 東海道本線の尾張一宮駅から向かいました。 行き方は色々ありますが、尾張一宮駅から東に300ｍほど行くとアーケードの商店街があり、そこを北上すること500ｍほどで神社の目の前に着きます。このルートだと雨にあまり濡れず、夏は日差しを避けられ、商店街には飲食店などもあるのでお勧めですね。 神社の入口には「一宮市道路元標...
- Yaotomi Shrine
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It really is a beautiful tourist spot for you who have interest in japanese shrines. Visited it on march which still has chilling breeze, and the winds so strong along the bridge. but it has great...
Aichi is a prefecture of great natural beauty with Nagoya city at its heart, a busy hub home to a labyrinth of underground shops and the 17th-century Nagoya Castle. Castles are easy to find in this history-rich prefecture, but the highlight for history buffs has to be the Museum Meiji-mura, where preserved buildings from the turn of the 20th century are displayed in all their grandeur in an outdoor museum.
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