ATSUTA JINGU ⛩✨
Went there with my bosses and their family. We were just quick there since we had many other stops in our itinerary, but it was still a fun visit. Those said small houses for the Gods really interested me. Why are houses of Gods so small?
After catching up with the cherry blossoms of the day, the fatigue of the journey almost made us pass the hot building of the Atsuta Shrine, one of the three major shrines in Japan. The Atsuta Shrine is built in the style of the gods and has a history of 1900 years. The main shrine of the shrine is the hot god, one of the highest-ranking shrines in Japan, with more than 2,000 pieces of antiques, literature and art, covering an area of nearly 200,000 square meters. Various large-scale events are often held here, with traditional Japanese weddings being the most common. The hot field festival on June 5th is the hottest time of the Atsuta Shrine, and you can enjoy the lantern event and the fireworks show.
Storing the sacred sword of the imperial regalia, this Shinto shrine is well worth a visit even though there are few English signs. Arriving at Jingu Nishi station follow the sign marked 300 m to the west entrance. After 2-3 minutes turn left & follow the crowds along the tree lined walk-way to the main shrine. After offering prayers, walk to the left & around to the back of the shrine, continuing the path until reaching steps by a stream. There enjoy flicking water onto the central rock with the wooden ladles while making a wish! The path eventually leads back to the entrance. I was impressed by the atmosphere. There is a hand washing area for tourists to wash there hands before started to pray. The day I visited was coincident with a wedding ceremony(I think). A paid museum is located inside as well. Be sure the opening hours when planning a visit.
Atsuta Jingu is one of the oldest shrines in Japan, best known for its sacred sword Kusanagi-no-tsurugi (replica), a symbol of Imperial power. It is ranked second only to the Grand Shrine of Ise and is one of Japan's three great shrines. The main hall of Atsuta Jingu enshrines the "Five Great Gods of Atsuta", including Yamatotakeru-no-Mikoto, Miyasuhime-no-Mikoto, Amaterasu-Oomikami, Susanoo-no-Mikoto, and Takeinadane-no-Mikoto, all of whom have been highly regarded throughout Japanese history and are worshipped by the people. Generations of Japanese rulers have used various forms to express their respect for the shrine, with Toyotomi Hideoyoshi and Tokgawa Ieyasu both having supported extensive repair work on the shrine. In recent years, the Emperor and Empress of Japan have also visited the site.