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Atsuta Shrine

Atsuta Shrine

Atsuta Shrine (熱田神宮, Atsuta Jingu) is one of the shrines that enshrine the Sun Goddess Amaterasu. It is said that the sacred sword, Kusanagi no Tsurugi, is stored in the structure, but is never displayed to the public. The Kusanagi no Tsurugi is one of the items that make the imperial regalia along with Yasakani no Magatama (jewel) and Yata no Kagami (mirror). An average of 9 million visitors annually go to the shrine based on the legend of the sword. Atsuta Shrine is located in a wooded park in the southern part of Nagoya city. The shrine was remodeled to be similar to the Ise Shrines when it was made using the Japanese Shinmei- zukuri architecture style during the Meiji Period. It spans over 200,000 square meters and is a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Treasure Museum on the shrine grounds houses over 4000 items. Out of those relics 174 have been designated Important Cultural Properties along with a dagger that is a National Treasure of Japan.