By Anthony Ariza. Posted on March 25, 2015
If you are in Nagoya, you must know that one of the Nagoya’s top attractions is Atsuta Shrine (熱田神宮). Do you know why?
Atsuta Shrine or Atsuta Jingu was originally founded about 1900 years ago. Atsuta was chosen as the site for the shrine by Miyasuhime-no-Mikoto.
At the beginning, the shrine enjoyed special privileges from high-ranking officials. Soon afterward, it won popularity among the people. During the World War 2, many of its buildings were destroyed, but devout worshipers from all over Japan reconstructed it.
Considered as one of the most prestigious shrines throughout Japan, this amazing shrine houses the sacred sword Kusanagi (kusanagi-no-tsurugi ), which is one of the three sacred imperial regalia. Although Atsuta Shrine stores this sacred sword, it is not shown to the public. However, you can visit the Bunka-den treasure storehouse museum, which is full of cultural assets — including, of course, a bunch of swords.
Many festivals take place at Atsuta Shrine.
If you have the chance to stay around Nagoya during the New Year, this shrine is a must-visit. A lot of people attend Atsuta Shrine after New Year’s Eve to observe Hatsumode (初詣). Another popular festival in Atsuta Shrine is Shichi-go-san, which literally means seven-five-three, a celebration held every November when girls turn 3 or 7 and boys turn 5.
To get there by train, you should take the JR Tokaido Line from Nagoya Station to Atsuta Station (it takes about 5 minutes). From there, it’s a ten minute walk and you will be at the shrine.
Anthony is a graduate student in Nagoya University. He has lived in Nagoya for 2 years. When he has time always he enjoyed visiting and learning hidden places in Aichi. One of his hobbies is to make videos about the Japanese Culture on YouTube