Atsuta shrine is a special and renowned site in Japan and is thought to have originated more than 1900 years ago!
The famous shrine holds a sacred treasure; Kusanagi-no-tsurugi, an extraordinary sword that has been passed down from generations of imperials, that is said to have even been originally made by the gods.
Atsuta holds one of the three divine treasures that symbolise the imperial throne in Japan. The others are, Yata no Kagami, a mirror located in Ise Jingu shrine in Mie; along with the jewel, Yasakani no Magatama, which is located in the three palace sanctuaries in Tokyo.
A serene and almost mythical area with a long history, Atsuta has some other fables and secrets.
Nearby spring named ‘Shimizusha’, known as the deity of water, is rumoured to make you beautiful if you wash your face with it or to make your wishes come true if pouring over a rock in the middle three times.
Atsuta also has many famous old trees that are rumoured to be thousands of years old.
Only 12 minutes from Nagoya Station on the Meitetsu Limited Express, it’s easy to forget you are in a city when taking in the magnificent site of Atsuta Jingu.
Words and photos by Stefan Bingham.