Atsuta Shrine stands in a pleasant, wooded park in southern Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture. It is familiarly known as Atsuta Sama (Venerable Atsuta) or Miya (the Shrine), has been one of the greatest centers of worship in Japan from the ancient times.
The Atsuta Shrine si home to the "Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi or a sword, which is one of the Three Sacred Imperial Treasures. This is the 2nd largest shrine after Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture.
During the Meiji Period, the shrine was remodeled after the Ise Shrines in the purely Japanese Shinmei-zukuri architecture style.
On the shrine, you can find Nobunaga walls which was made by Shogun Nobunaga Oda in 1560; Nijugocho-Bashi Bridge that is made with 25 stone plates as its name describes - is the oldest stone bridge in Nagoya. Lastly, at the Treasure Hall, the Atsuta Jingu Museum houses about 4,000 articles donated by the people from the Imperial Family.
After viewing the shrine buildings, it is recommended for the visitors to try Atsuta Shrine's version of the Kishimen noodles, one of Nagoya's local specialties. The restaurant is found on the shrine grounds.
NOTE: The sword is never displayed to the public.
By Japan Railways, you can take the JR Tokaido Line from Nagoya Station to Atsuta Station, from where it is a ten minute walk to the shrine.
By subway, it is seven minutes walk from Jingu-Nishi Station.
The shrine is open for 24 hours but the treasure hall only opens at 9:00AM to 4:30PM.
There is also no closing time for the shrine but the treasure hall is closed on the final Wednesday of each month. It also closed on December 25 to 31.
The only fee that you will pay is the entrance to the treasure hall which cost 300 Yen.
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