A Shinto shrine where Load Ieyasu prayed for victory before his battles
Matsudaira Chikatada was the fourth-generation head of the Matsudaira family, the ancestors of the Tokugawa family. This shrine was built by him in 1470, to pray for the prosperity of his descendants and continuing luck in battle. It is said that Tokugawa Ieyasu also revered this shrine and visited it to pray for victory before important battles. The third Shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, enshrined Tosho Daigongen (Tokugawa Ieyasu) here. He redeveloped the precincts and built another shrine in 1636. The existing shrine is the result of Iemitsu's renovation of the main shrine originally built by Ieyasu, and further reconstruction in the gongen-zukuri architectural style. Many of the buildings have been designated as some of the nation's Important Cultural Properties. Among these are the main shrine, the hall of offerings, the hall of worship, and the shrine gate. After looking around the Important Cultural Properties, how about praying for victory like the Shogun families did?
One of the Tosho-gu Shrines designated by the Shoguns to enshrine Ieyasu, together with Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine and Kunozan Tosho-gu Shrine.
Upper left: The sacred bridge built as part of the redevelopment of the shrine precincts in 1636 is also one of the nation's designated Important Cultural Properties. Around July, you can also see lotus flowers blooming around the sacred pond. Upper right: The shrine is home to the Sazare Ishi stone. Bottom: The magnificent Zuijin gate with its Zuijin statue has been designated as one of the nation's Important Cultural Properties.
|Address||Togonaka 86, Iga Town, Okazaki City, Aichi|
|Phone||+81-564-26-2789 (Japanese only)|
|Opening hours||9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.|
|Holidays||Open every day|
|Admission fee||Shrine grounds are free to enter|
|Access||Take the Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line from "Toyohashi Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 25 minutes and alight at "Higashi Okazaki Station". Take the Meitetsu Bus bound for Okutono Jinya for approx. 10 minutes, alight at "Hachimanja-mae", and walk for approx. 3 minutes.
Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Mikawa-Anjo Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 7 minutes, and alight at "Kariya Station". Take the Meitetsu Mikawa Line for approx. 6 minutes, and alight at "Chiryu Station". Take the Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line for approx. 11 minutes, and alight at "Higashi-Okazaki Station". The rest of the journey is the same as above.
updated on Sep 30, 2019
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