Atsuta Jingu Shrine3.7
Atsuta Shrine is Japan's second most revered Shinto shrine after the Great Shrine of Ise, and dates back over 2,000 years. The shrine is home to the sacred Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi sword, likened to the legendary Excalibur, it is one of the Three Imperial Regalia of Japan.
Despite having the Imperial sword, it is never displayed, however Atsuta Jingu (Jingu means shrine) does have a large and impressive collection of samurai swords on rotational display in its Treasure Hall, featuring over 6,000 relics, including Important Cultural Property and National Treasure ranked items such as sacred garments, manuscripts, masks, mirrors, furniture and its large array of swords and blades.
Over 9 million people visit Atsuta Shrine, and over 70 ceremonies and festivals are staged there annually. One of the busiest times is over the first few days of January, when thousands flock to make their New Year’s prayers.
The atmosphere is different at Atsuta Shrine. It is a special place, a holy place. A place to find some peace, and feel the ancient culture of Japan.
Amongst the ancient trees and smaller shrines of Atsuta Jingu, is a tall, sturdy, tile-topped wall made from traditional kawara roof tiles. This is the Nobunaga-Bei, a protective wall built around Atsuta Shrine by the warlord of Western Aichi, Oda Nobunaga, following his 10-1 victory in the Battle of Okehazama in 1560, in which he successfully defeated the 25,000 samurai of Imagawa Yoshimoto with his own army of just 2,500 men! Nobunaga had prayed for victory at Atsuta prior to entering the battle, and in gratitude, constructed the impressive "Nobunaga Wall". Unfortunately, little of the original wall remains, as much was destroyed during the air raids of WW2.
Address : 1-1-1 Jingu, Atsuta-Ward, Nagoya-City, Aichi
Fee : Free (Treasure Hall : 300 yen/adults, 150 yen/children)
Opens : Shrine open 24 hours, Treasure Hall from 9:00 to 16:30 (last admission 16:10)
Closed : Shrine opens everyday. Treasure Hall closed the last Wednesday of the month and the following day, and December 25 to December 31.
Airport/Sta.Atsuta Sta. (about 500m) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
4.0a year ago
The area is not really wide,
5.0a week ago
Beautiful shrine, well kept. Amazing greenery around, especially the 1000+ year old conifers. Recreational/rest area for families with a pond and food was a first for me to see at a shrine, but it seemed well done and esp. the kids around seemed to be very happy with an area to play. Best entry is from the south, even if it's a bit further to walk to from both Jingunishi & Jingu Mae stations.
5.0a year ago
One of the three big, important shrines in Japan. Beautiful green oasis in the city. Soak up some spiritual history. Ancient camphor laurel trees. The history boards along one part of the walkway near the museum, and the museum itself, aren’t set up for English speakers but a translate app helps to get the gist.
4.06 months ago
Huge area in center of city. Lush green surroundings. Very good scenic area. Large parking space too. Very nice to notice Japanese traditions and culture. Very well maintained and proximity to public transport. Must see in Atsuta
4.02 months ago
Great location for a walk! The food was great an overall great experience! The swords on display were great. However, the scared sword is not available for viewing.