Atsuta is deified as it worships the kusanagi (Grass-mowing) Sword. It is one of the three Sacred Treasures of the Imperial Family. The shrine, with an area of 190,000 sq.m. is surrounded by hundreds of trees. Some of them are aged around 1000 years old. Within the precincts of the shrine, there are historical structures that include “Nobunaga Wall”, a Noh theater, and Treasure House (museum) where national treasures and cultural assets are on display.
The treasure house holds between three to four thousand various objects from Kofun, Tempyo (late Nara), Heian, Kamakura and Muromachi periods, including some 76 National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties. Many swords and fittings are held in the collection, and the slowly changing displays are said to range from good to excellent. This shrine holds more than seventy ceremonies yearly, including traditional ones such as the E-youdo Ceremony, when shinto priests walk around laughing, which attract many visitors throughout the year. The 200,000 m² shrine complex draws over 9 million visitors annually.
Atsuta Jingu Museum (Treasre Hall)
About 4,000 historic items donated from the worshippers of Atsuta Jingu are maintained and exhibited. A total of 176 items are designated as national treasures, important cultural property, or Aichi prefectural cultural property.
Note: The kusanagi is not exhibited.
Hours: Open: 9:00-16:30
Closed: Last Wed. of Each Month and Next Day, & Dec.25~31.
Transportation: Via Meitetsu Railway: Three minutes walk from Jingumae Station. Via JR: Eight minutes walk from Atsuta Station.
Via Subway: Seven minutes walk from Jingu-Nishi Station
Location and Contact:
Atsuta Shrine (Atsuta-Jingu Treasure House) 1-1-1 Jingu, Atsuta Ward (Atsuta-ku), Nagoya City (Nagoya-shi), Aichi Prefecture 456-0031, Japan [Geo Coordinate: 35.124915000000001,136.90940799999998] TEL: 052-671-0852, 052-671-4151 (within Japan) FAX: 052-671-1202