Atsuta-jingu Shrine

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What is Atsuta-jingu Shrine

Located in the shrine grove in the southern area of Nagoya city, Atsuta-jingu Shrine has long been referred to as Atsuta-san. Including the visitors at new years, 6.5 million people visit annually and that includes locals as well as people from all across Japan who want to worship at the "Home of the heart". The shrine has attracted much faith and reverence. Enshrined here is one of the three sacred treasures, mentioned in Japanese mythology, as well as inherited by Emperors – Kusanagi-no Tsurugi (Sword of Kusanagi). The other two items are a mirror and a ball. This shrine has been the imperial shrine, after Ise Shrine, which court members and warlords have revered since ancient times. In the year 113, the sword was enshrined and that is considered to be its year of founding. In 2013, they celebrated their 1900th year anniversary.

More recently, the shrine has gathered attention as a high prestige power spot. Samurai Oda Nobunaga is once said to have visited here for victory prayer before the battle of Okehazama. In appreciate of victory, he donated the Nobunaga-bei Fence. The fence was approximately 400 meters long until it was damaged in WWII. Currently, 120 meters of it remains and is a valuable historical site. On weekends and holidays, Atsuta-jingu Shrine has volunteer guides and visitors are able to hear interesting stories about the Sword of Kusanagi and Nobunaga Fence. In addition, there is a resting place on property called, "Kiyome Chaya" tea house where visitors can try the famous Kiyome mochi rice cake confectionary.


By train, three stations are easily accessible from the shrine. On the subway, Meijo Line, use the Jingu-nishi Station. On the Meitetsu, use the Jingu-mae Station. On the JR, use the Atsuta Station. From Nagoya Station, the Meitetsu is the most convenient. Take the train toward Toyohashi and Jingu-mae Station is a 10 minute ride.

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Description: Atsuta-jingu Shrine

Sights Atsuta-jingu Shrine (熱田神宮)
Address 1-1-1 Jingu, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya-shi 456-8585
Phone / Fax Phone: 052-671-4151 / Fax: 052-681-0538
Duration 1Hour(s)
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Atsuta-jingu Shrine