Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine

Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, Saitama

Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine

Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine
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5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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LizzyHo
Singapore, Singapore293 contributions
Family
Since we’re staying in Omiya over New Year, we decided to follow what the locals do, visiting the shrine! It wasn’t difficult to find especially all we need to do was just to follow the human flow.

As we near the shrine, there are rows of stalls leading up to the entrance, mainly selling food. Because of the crowd, we just had a quick walk through the compound and left.
Written January 11, 2020
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Marguerita T
Singapore, Singapore236 contributions
In the midst of a concrete Omiya, embarking on the 2km, tranquil tree-lined route towards Hikawa Shrine was truly a lovely journey of peace and reflection. And in autumn in late Nov, the tree colors were a sight to behold. Two tori gates marked the head and end of the route. The shrine complex is huge but understated. There's a water trough upfront for visitors to "purify" oneself before entering the compound) You can get instructions at the tourist booth at Omiya mall when you come out of the train station. An extra perk for us was that many families were celebrating the 753 festival in which 5yro boys and 3 & 7yro girls were dressed in their formal kimono best to celebrate their rte of passage.
Written December 7, 2019
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Novia Andriyani
Jakarta, Indonesia194 contributions
Solo
Omiya hikawa jinja is the greatest Hikawa jinja in Kanto area.

the complex of this shrine is absolutely cool. start from big tori (gate) and small way with a lot of trees. it looks like you visited Meiji Jingu in Tokyo.
if you have some free time, you can visit Omiya park which placed behind the shrine
Written May 10, 2019
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pangpipo
Bangkok, Thailand178 contributions
Family
peaceful place for couple and good stuff for loving belief. คู่รักที่อยากไปขอให้มีความสัมพันธ์ที่ยืนยาวกันไปนานๆแนะนำที่นี่ค่ะ บรรยากาศดี ดูสงบเงียบและโรแมนติกขลังไปอีกแบบ
Written July 18, 2017
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みみずくパパ
Koshigaya, Japan21 contributions
Solo
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine (武蔵一宮氷川神社, Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Jinja) is a popular shrine in Saitama City, a 20-30 minute walk from Omiya Station. As its name suggests ("Musashi Ichinomiya" literally means "top shrine of Musashi"), this shrine used to be the head Shinto shrine of former Musashi Province, which covered present day Greater Tokyo, including large parts of Saitama Prefecture. It is this shrine which gave Omiya (which literally means "great shrine") its name.

The shrine is set in lush greenery and has many auxiliary buildings on its grounds. A long approach from the south leads to the shrine's precincts, where a tall vermillion torii gate and several secondary shrines are located. Proceeding north takes visitors to a bridge across a pond. Here, the two-storied Romon Gate marks the entrance to the main shrine grounds, where the main hall (honden), the praying hall (haiden) and a dance stage (maiden) stand.

Musashi Ichinomiya is the most important of the many branches of Hikawa Shrines in Japan, which enshrine Susanoo, the God of the sea and storms. Additional structures have been added to the shrine during its history and its current main buildings date back to 1940. For most of the year, this shrine has a tranquil environment. However, during special occasions, such as during hatsumode (first visit to a shrine on New Year ), it becomes one of the most visited shrines in Japan.

Hikawa Shrine is a ten minute walk from Kita Omiya Station (2 minutes, 150 yen from Omiya Station by Tobu Noda Line). Alternatively, it can be reached in a 20-30 minute walk from Omiya Station.
Written January 10, 2016
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kaz L
Saitama, Japan92 contributions
Friends
nice to walk the longest promenade to the shrine with so old trees. There are always fun to enjoy even you do not like Shintoism. Last time excellent chrysanthemum pots were displayed, sometimes you would watch see the Japanese old customs, life events, like parents pray for their baby and children's happiness, wellness.  
Written January 1, 2019
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Michelle C
San Diego, CA449 contributions
Couples
We arrived here early via Kita Omiya Station and traversing Omiya Park. Temple is in a flat setting. They have a temple office where they allow you to watch them do calligraphy in temple stamp book for 500 yen. However if you approach from Higawa Ryokuchi Park for a longer walk the payoff is even better. This attraction has parking. Seems to open earlier than 9am in the summer, as a lot of people were out and about.
Written August 13, 2018
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JugemJugem
386 contributions
Solo
Hikawa Shrine is said to have a history of more than 2400 years and is one of the oldest shrines in Japan which also became the origin of the place name of Omiya as a "great shrine". Hikawa Shrine gathers faith in the Kanto region as Musashi Ichinomiya (means "top shrine of Musashi"), and the New Year's Shrine is crowded with many visitors.
Musashi was a former province of Japan, which today comprises Tokyo Metropolis, most of Saitama Prefecture and part of Kanagawa Prefecture.

Shrines with the name of Hikawa Shrine counts in Omiya, Saitama, Tokyo, Kanagawa prefecture, and its number is 280 members.
The approach of Hikawa Shrine extends 2 km north and south from the Nakasendo, and there are beautiful zelkova trees lined on both sides.
The Nakasendo was one of the five main routes of the Edo period, and one of the two that connected Edo (modern-day Tokyo) to Kyoto in Japan.

The Torii of Hikawa Shrine has first Torii gate, second Torii, and third Torii in the approach road called Omotesando. The largest one is second torii, and the former is a Torii which was the big Torii of Meiji Jingu Shrine.
A Torii is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a shrine.
Written March 24, 2018
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Shevarsovie
Cancun, Mexico4 contributions
Couples
Very quiet and not crowded place (only on weekend more people) , not must see but if you are nearby you should see it
Written April 30, 2017
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Keizo
Kawasaki, Japan1,539 contributions
Solo
I was surprised to walk on the long straight entrance path to the shrine. The area is wide and there are several smaller shrines apart from the main one.
The nearest JR station is Ohmiya and it takes just 30-45 minutes from Central Tokyo by train and from the station, about 20 minutes on foot. After following main road from the east exit turn left. Everybody knows where it is so you can ask anybody to help you. Avoid Jan 1 through 7 as tehre are so many people and cars visiting. I forgot to add that there were a stone monument explaing the relation with the famous warship Musashi. The branch shrine of this shrine had been installed in Musashi.
Written January 4, 2017
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  • Sun - Sat 5:00 AM - 6:00 PM