Must-see Shrines and Temples in Nagoya


Atsuta Shrine © panina.anna/Flickr

Nagoya, one of the most significant Japanese cities is located on the Pacific coast and it is the capital of Aichi Prefecture. Besides this, it is also an important port and the center of the Chukyo Metropolitan Area.

Like every large city, Nagoya has dozens of interesting sights which attract thousands of tourists in the city. Probably the most visited sights of the city are the temples. Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples are visited as well. If you happen to be in Nagoya and you want to see some interesting cultural and religious symbols, then you should visit some of the of the most amazing temples of Nagoya. This article gives you a short presentation of the must-see temples and shrines in Nagoya.


Atsuta Shrine


Autumn at Atsuta Shrine © Paul Davidson/Flickr

Besides Nagoya Castle, Atsuta Shrine is the most visited sight in the city. These two are considered as the symbols of Nagoya as well. The shrine was established during the reign of Emperor Keiko, in the 10th century. The shrine is usually referred to as Atsuta-Sama or simply as Miya, which means the Shrine.

A total area of 200,000 square meters belong to Atsuta Shine. The shrine itself and the amazing garden surrounding it attract more than 9 million visitors every year. The Treasure Hall, or Bunkaden of the shrine houses more than 4000 valuable and important relics. Important Cultural Properties and National Treasures of Japan can be seen here as well. Atsuta Shrine is dedicated to the following gods/ goddesses: Amaterasu, Susanoo, Yamatotakeru, Takeinadane and Atsuta-no-Okami.


Main building of Atsuta Shrine © panina.anna/Flickr

The address of Atsuta Shrine is 1-1-1 Jingu, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya, 456- 8585. If you want to contact them, you can call the following phone number: 052-671-4151 (only in Japanese language).


Toyokuni Jinja Shrine


Sight from Toyokuni Jinja Shrine © No Boring Stories/Flickr

This shrine is alternatively called Hokoku Shrine. The Toyokuni Shrines collectively refer to the shrines dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi Shogun and they can be found all over Japan: in Kyoto, Osaka, Kanazawa, and of course,  in Nagoya.

The shrine itself and the beautiful Japanese garden surrounding it is a very significant touristic sight in Nagoya. Its torii gates, amazing ponds and rare plants give a really unique and traditional Japanese feeling to the whole area. There are several items exhibited in the shrine, too, such as rare samurai swords, personal object and helmets of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, his invasion maps, etc.

If you want to see traditional shrines and temples in Nagoya, these two shrines are the most recommended spots, but of course, the city has many other temples, such as  Arako Kannon, Bansho-ji, Osu Kannon, Togan-ji, Nittai-ji or Kosho-ji.


Front view of Toyokuni Jinja Shrine © No Boring Stories/Flickr

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