This Shinto shrine is dedicated to the god of pickles, and is also believed to bring luck in matchmaking
Dedicated to the god of pickles, Kayatsu-jinja Shrine is a one-of-a-kind shrine in Japan. The god of agriculture Kayanuhime-no-Kami is enshrined here. Legend has it that long ago, the local villagers offered the god vegetables in jars of salt, and these turned into salt-pickled vegetables. They believed the pickles were a gift from the god, and revered them accordingly. There is a Konomonoden—hall of pickles—within the shrine precincts. Furthermore, Hoanden pavilion enshrines Renri-no-Sakaki—a sacred tree made up of two different trees whose branches are fused together. So, the shrine is also believed to bring good luck in matchmaking. Another pair of oak trees with joined branches have recently been found on the shrine precincts, so more and more eyes are turning toward it for its mystical powers.
The haiden (worship hall) of Kayatsu-jinja Shrine enshrines the god of pickles.
Upper left: Konomonosai Festival is held on August 21 every year to pray for the prosperity of pickling culture. Upper right: Renri-no-Sakaki tree, consisting of two different trees whose branches are joined together, is enshrined at Hoanden pavilion. Bottom: Kayatsu-jinja Shrine.
|Address||Kurumaya 19, Kamikayatsu, Ama City, Aichi|
|Phone||+81-52-444-3019 (Japanese only)|
|Hours||Shrine can be visited at any time.|
|Holidays||Open every day|
|Admission fee||Shrine grounds are free to enter.|
|Access||From "Nagoya Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen, walk to "Meitetsu Nagoya Station" and take the Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line Express for approx. 7 minutes. Alight at "Sukaguchi Station", and walk for approx. 15 minutes.|
updated on Sep 30, 2019
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