Atsuta Shrine is the second most important shrine in Japan. Originally founded in 113, when the sacred sword Kusanagi-no-tsurugi, one of the Imperial symbols, was enshrined. Atsuta Shine is located in Nagoya.
Atsuta Shrine (Atsuta Jingu) is thought to be the second most important shrine in Japan, after Ise Jingo (Ise Shrine). Atsuta Shrine was originally founded in 113, when the sacred sword Kusanagi-no-tsurugi, one of the Imperial symbols, was enshrined. Atsuta was chosen as the site for the shrine by Miyasuhime-no-Mikoto, wife of the then Prince Yamatotakeru-no-Mikoto, who had died leaving the sword.
The shrine has been well supported by authorities and people over the years, to the point that it has a collection of over 4,000 relics including many National Treasures.
During the Second World War most of the buildings were destroy by fire. After the war the reconstruction was begun by the combined effort of all devout worshippers of the shrine all over the country. The main buildings were completed in 1955 and the remaining construction was completed in 2009. Atsuta Shrine attracts over 9 million visitors annually.
Atsuta Shrine Pictures: Many more pictures of Atsuta Shrine can be seen in our picture gallery.
Atsuta Shrine Access
Location: 1-1-1, Jingu, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya
Meitetsu Railway - Three minutes walk from Jingumae Station.
JR - Eight minutes walk from Atsuta Station.
Subway - Seven minutes walk from Jingu-Nishi Station.
Car: Free parking is available on site. Car park entrances is from Otsu-Dori Street on the eastern side of the shine.