The Atsuta Shrine is old, so old in fact that history has forgotten in which year the temple was constructed. It is believed that it was during the reign of Emperor Keiko (71-130 AD), who was the 12th emperor of Japan.
The shrine is one of the most revered in the Shinto religion. It was considered the most important Shinto shrine in all of Japan from the 1870's to the mid-1940s. Dedicated to the god Atsuta, other gods are also honoured here, including Amaterasu, the sun goddess. When visiting the shrine, you will see that it houses some historical treasures, including ancient swords, daggers, masks and more.
Up to 9 million people visit the shrine each year and for a good reason, as over 70 ceremonies and festivals are held there annually, meaning that you will in all likelihood be able to catch one. Check out the shrine’s homepage for more information.
- Open daily; No closing hours
- +81 52-671-4151
- 1 Chome-1-1 Jingu, Atsuta Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 456-8585, Japan.
- 3 min walk from the Jingumae Station; From Nagoya Station: take the Meitetsu Line to Jingumae Station (5 min).