Kashima Jingu
Kashima Jingu
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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bakatori
Singapore, Singapore552 contributions
Solo
On my last day in Japan, at Narita, normally I either visit Narita temple or do last minute shopping at Aeon. Not this time, not this trip. This time I am going out.
I took a train bound for Kashimajingu.
Kashimajingu is easier to access from Narita although it is in the Ibaraki prefecture.
The journey takes about 1 hour and costs 820¥ one way.
Upon arrival at the Kashimajingu station, the shrine is about 15 mins walk away.
From the station, walk straight ahead, you will come to a slope. Up the slope all the way, there will be a sign to direct you to turn left. From there, shops selling omiyage and food lined the street leading to the entrance of the shrine.
A stretch of ancient cedar forest greets me, with the bright vermiliion red of the shrine at the end of the everlasting green.
The refreshing smell of forest and the calmness it gave me. Only occasional chatter of obasan broke into this tranquility.
I walked further into the shrine compound. Located the Stone Monument depicting Tekemikazuchi standing on a catfish with his sword embedded into the head of the thrashing catfish.
The catfish is said to be a God of earthquakes. Earthquakes occur when the catfish play pranks and can only be subdued by the kaname Ishi by holding the catfish immobile underneath the earth. The Kaname Ishi is surprisingly unobtrusive and plain. A small sphere buried half way into the ground. I checked, there was no cracks on it.
The people in Kashima believes that because of the Kaname Ishi's power, Kashima escape with relatively little damage in the Great Tohoku Earthquake.
There is a little deer farm in the vicinity of the shrine. What is a Kashimajingu without the ka.
Ka means deer in Japanese language. It was said the first deer of Nara came from Kashimajingu. Now the deers in Kashimajingu are replenished by deers from Nara.
As I walked into the cedar forest, I switched off my iPod, removed my ear piece, and took in the music of the forest.
All was quiet except for The twittering of birds, the cracking of crows, the breath of cedar.
After the soul enlightening walk in the forest, it is time for a hearty meal.
The handmade soba shop that lined the street offered a large serving of zaru soba and veggie tempura at only 1000¥. Great value for money.
I had found a wonderful and memorable way to spend my last day in Japan. Needless to say, I will be seeing Kashimajingu's deers in the near future.
Written February 24, 2013
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StanleyAuckland
Auckland, New Zealand2,230 contributions
Couples
Kashima Jingu is within a huge area of natural forrest in which there are many beautiful old cedar trees.
It is about one hour by local train from Narita Station and worth a visit if you have a spare day.
Written April 12, 2012
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Keizo
Kawasaki, Japan1,546 contributions
Solo
This shrine is no.1 shrine for Hitachi (Chinese character for it is different from Manufacturer Hitachi)Country(now Ibaragi Prefecture). In the 11th or 12th century, Nomination of Number 1 shrine for each country started.This shrine is very spacious and have mnay things to see i.e. 1)Deer cage(Famous deers in Kasuga shrine , Nara was brought from here. Kashima means Deer Island), 2)A stone surpress head of Catfish which was belieived to cause earthquake. That is why no big damage had been experienced here by earthquakes but until March 11, 2011 earthquake. It was raining when I visited and there were not so many visitors around so I was very happy enjoying the silence.
Volunteer guide is available.
Written September 7, 2017
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Nina R
Tacoma53 contributions
Friends
. . . especially enhanced by the company -- my companions in an aikido workshop which was being blessed by the priest. A wonderful way to spend a morning.
Written April 7, 2014
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travelmartin
Munich, Germany229 contributions
Solo
The shrine is considered as one of the three most important shrines in the Kanto area and is said to have been founded in the 6th century B.C.in the era of the legendary emperor Jimmu. The forest is dominated by giant sugi (cedars). I was not aware of the treasure house and thus missed ithe chance to see the oldest long sword in Japan. The shrine is a mecca for martial arts practitioners. The deer enclosure is fenced in. Unlike Nara the deer do not roam free in the forest. The top of the pillar that "prevents" Namazu (the giant catfish that causes earthquakes) from stirring lies at the far end of the park and is an imortant place to visit and pray. At the bottom of the shrine hill on the other side lies the cleansing pool Mitarashi-ike.
Written November 18, 2018
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franemma
Beijing, China41 contributions
Friends
We went to this small town to watch a football match and as we lost, this is the only good memory I am taking away from Kashima, well apart from great helpful and kind hotel managers at supper hotel Kashima. Its a small temple and park with a touch of jungle environment to it, def worth a visit if you ever end up there. Its an industrial area so you will never know.
Written November 4, 2018
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peny700
Paranaque, Philippines13 contributions
Family
quiet place and solemn for those seeking.No entrance fee unlike those temples in Kyoto. you can enjoy strolling, jogging, feeding the antlers or simply just be in touch with nature.
Written April 4, 2018
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan2,814 contributions
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真っ直ぐに伸びる奥参道が最大の魅力の神社と言えます。明治神宮の参道と同じような印象を受けますが、参拝客が少ないことや鬱蒼とした森の緑は遥かに濃く感じ、不気味さと神秘性を兼ねた雰囲気を味わうことができます。境内は無料で利用できるため、森の空気を深呼吸しながら静かに散策するには丁度いいスポットかもしれません(宝物館は300円の入場料がかかります)。
境内の建築物は、見た目だけでは、いわゆる典型的な神社建築で、特筆すべき様式や彫刻といったものはありません。奇を衒うことなく古来からの神社の格式を変わらず伝えていることに感銘を受けました。そのため、より深く神社の歴史を知るために、ガイドと一緒に散策することをお勧めします。

I think that the greatest appealing spot of this shrine is a straight approaching way. The approaching way looks like it of Meiji Jingu Shrine, actually walking, you'll have a completely different impression. Not to mention that there are few worshipers, you'll feel that the denseness of greenery in the forest is very strong compared to it of Meiji Jingu Shrine. I think that it has eeriness and mystery.
You can enter the premises of the shrine for free(the entrance fee of treasure hall is 300 yen). This shrine may be good in order to walk quietly while taking a deep breath of the forest's air.
The architectural style of this shrine is typical, there are no noteworthy architectural styles unique to this shrine. I think that it is a testimony to keep the tradition of the shrine without flattering to the tourism. If you want to know this shrine deeply, I suggest you take a walk with your guide.
Written September 11, 2017
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Jorge C
Guadalajara, Mexico5 contributions
Couples
It's the second time I go there and it's like a magic spot in the middle of the town, you can see birds, deer, big trees and beautiful temples.
Written February 14, 2017
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フェレット
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan4,362 contributions
Couples
We went to the New Year's visit to a Shinto shrine. It was very busy, but we could have a lot of fun. We prayed and bought a lucky charm for health.

We found deer. They are in the fence. You can buy the bait and give to them.

Near the gate, you can get 2 small rice cakes, red and white by making a donation. The amount does not matter. They are the lucky rice cakes. Thanks to this New Year's visit to here (and prayer and a lucky charm and the rice cakes), we will spend good time during this year, we believe.
Written March 15, 2016
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