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Suwa Taisha (Suwa Grand Shrine) Kamisha Honmiya諏訪大社上社本宮


Suwa Taisha (Suwa Grand Shrine) Kamisha Honmiya, one of the oldest shrines in the country and the head shrine of over 10,000 Suwa shrines throughout Japan, has no main building, but only a “heihaiden” and a “katahaiden,” a unique style known as the Suwa style. Many precious buildings remain, and six of them are registered as Important Cultural Properties. In olden times, people worshiped at Suwa Myojin to pray to the guardian deities of wind, water, and the harvest, as well as brave men. Nowadays, it is believed to house the deity that guards life and livelihood. It’s about five minutes from the Suwa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway.


Nagano Pref. Suwashi Nakasu 1 (Tateshina / Suwa / IidaArea)

phone 0266521919


Review of Suwa Shrine

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Reviewed:2018/11/24 Beautiful, peaceful shrine with significant history, & a place of respect
Parts of the Suwa Taisha shrine complex date back to the 7th century and possibly earlier. The shrines honour the gods of agriculture, hunting, and fertility. There are many differing legends, myths...
Reviewed:2018/07/31 Beautiful
We really enjoyed our visit to this famous shrine. The history is incredible and the information on the cedars and sumo history was interesting. We even saw the priest and a priestess performing...
Reviewed:2018/06/06 Seemingly in harmony with the grand, towering trees that surround it
We enjoyed this shrine very much, tranquilly located on the edge of a forest and seemingly in harmony with the grand, towering trees that surround it. It is hard to appreciate Shinto shrines if you...

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Nagano Pref. Suwashi Nakasu 1 [ map ]
Tateshina / Suwa / IidaArea
Grounds free
[Treasure Hall] Adults 500 yen, Children 300 yen
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          Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country’s most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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