Samukawa Jinja Shrine is one of the most prestigious, thus popular shrines in Kanagawa prefecture having over 1500 years of history, and continuing to attract people from not only Kanagawa, but also all over Japan. It is because Samukawa Jinja Shrine is considered to be one of a kind, as this is the only shrine offering prayers to the Happo-yoke. These prayers are said to remove bad fortune, and prevent negative energies from entering a person’s life, bringing them happiness.
Make A Visit To Samukawa Jinja Shrine
The accessibility to the shrine is convenient both by train and car. If you decide to make a visit from Tokyo, you can take the JR Tokaido Line to Chigasaki Station and then transfer to the Sagami Line and get off at Miyama Station. There is ample parking space available for the shrine so you can make a visit by car as well. In addition, for those who make a visit to the shrine, there is a restaurant located on the premises and also in the surrounding area.
The history of Samukawa Jinja Shrine dates back to the 8th century, and enshrines the prince and princess, Samukawa-hiko-no-Mikoto and Samukawa-hime-no-Mikoto.It is the only kind of shrine in Japan that performs the Happo-yoke prayers. These Happo-yoke are thought to be the guardians of the 8 directions, and are said to protect against evil while preventing numerous disasters from entering into one’s life.
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Samukawa Jinja Shrine as the place of worship
The popularity and the importance of Samukawa Jinja Shrine can be understood by those who visit from all over Japan. Because it is the only kind of shrine, Samukawa Jinja Shrine even allows those who are far away, or sick and cannot visit the shrine in person, to pray via letters. For any misfortune or bad luck, Samukawa Jinja Shrine is ready to greet anyone with open arms. The shrine also holds many festivals all year round, so if you are in town when these festivals are held, you might want to make a visit. For those not sure which festival to attend, there is always a festival on the 1st of the month that starts from 8:30am lasting for about 40 minutes, except on New Year’s Day.
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