- Atsuta Shrine is one of the most important shrines in Japan.
- More than 2,300,000 people visit Atsuta Shrine to celebrate New Year and wish for good fortune.
- There are some “power spots”, sacred places filled with an energy called “qi” where you feel cleansed, refreshed and relaxed.
- Enjoy Kishimen noodles, one of local Nagoya specialties at a small shop inside the shrine grounds.
A sacred shrine dedicated to the Kusanagi Sword, one of the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan.
Atsuta Shrine is a sacred shrine that enshrines the Kusanagi Sword, one of the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan.
The Three Sacred Treasures of japan are the three treasures of Japanese mythology.
It also plays the role of representing the throne instead of the crown in the ceremony of the Emperor's accession.
However, the Sword used in the ceremony is actually a replica and even this replica has not been shown to the public.
The real Kusanagi Sword is enshrined at the Atsuta Shrine but it is not on public display either.
Both the real and the replica are treasures shrouded in mystery and it is unlikely no one has ever seen them up close at all.
The popular power spot "Kokoro no Komichi"
If you are going to the Atsuta Shrine, you should visit the popular power spot "Kokoro no Komichi".
A power spot is known to be a designated place where one can feel the earth and its special power.
When you visit such a spot, it is believed that one will be blessed with various benefits. There are several power spots at the Atsuta Shrine and one of the most reputed spots is the Kokoro-no-komichi (Kokoro Path), a narrow path of about 500 meters behind the main shrine.
Since it is known to be a very sacred place, it is only accessible during certain hours and photography is prohibited.
A Gallery of National Treasures
The Atsuta Shrine is home to a collection of objects renowned for its historical value.
The "Treasure Gallery" displays them prominently and there are about 6,000 items prized within the Museum's collection.
A selection of these treasures gets to be significantly displayed every month.
The main treasures are usually exquisite kimonos worn by the upper echelons of society in the past, Japanese paintings depicting Japanese landscapes and people as well as famous swords made by famous sword makers.
The most fascinating of these is the display of the assortment of valuable swords.
The only national treasure here is also the sword.
Since the museum houses a large number of highly valuable swords, it is sometimes referred to as a "treasure house of swords.
Nagoya's famous Kishimen restaurant
Would you like to try Nagoya's famous Kishimen noodles at Atsuta Shrine?
Kishimen is a type of udon with flat noodles.
It is characterized by its pleasant texture on the tongue.
The best Kishimen restaurant is Miya Kishimen.
Miya Kishimen is located inside the Atsuta Shrine.
Nagoya's famous Kishimen is known to be exceptionally delicious especially if it is eaten at the sacred Atsuta Shrine.
Would you like to try it?
1-1-1 Jingu, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya
|Access||Subway Meijo-Line "Jingu-Nishi" sta.|
Meitetsu "Jingu-Mae" sta.
|Opening Hours||The Treasure Hall: 9:00～16:30 (Entrance close at 16:10), Shrine is open for 24 hours to pray|
|Regular Holiday||Open year round (Shrine)|
Final Wednesday and following day of each month / December 25 - 31 (Treasure Exhibition Hall)
|Parking||400 passenger car parking spaces|
6 passenger bus parking spaces