Attraction Katori Shrine 1697-1 Katori Chiba Prefecture 287-0017 Japan Published on: 26-02-2016
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Why Katori Shrine is special ?
Katori Jingu is a popular Shinto shrine outside of Sawara, northeast of Narita. It is the head shrine of several hundred Katori shrines found across Japan. It is dedicated to Futsunushi no Mikoto, the protector of military men, and has been a popular and important shrine since the days of the samurai. The shrine has a stone lantern lined approach that begins after some shops and restaurants found around the shrine's parking lot. Katori Jingu's oldest standing structures are its black painted main building and vermilion gate, which date from the year 1700.
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What to explore at Katori Shrine?
A venerable shrine with roots prior to Japan’s recorded history and a longstanding association with swordsmanship and the martial arts. The present main hall was built in the year 1700, and has been designated an “important cultural property” along with the shrine’s romon gate and komainu lion-dog guardians. An ancient mirror in the shrine’s possession has also been designated as a national treasure. The shrine sits on a relatively large piece of land mostly covered in forest. As with many ancient shrines in Japan, a taboo on cutting trees on sacred ground has led to some of the trees becoming quite impressive in age and size.
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How to get to Katori Shrine?
It can be reached in a 15 minute bus ride or 10 minute taxi ride from Sawara Station, which in turn is accessed from Narita Station by train along the JR Narita Line (30 minutes, 500 yen, 1-2 trains per hour).
Alternatively, Katori Shrine can be accessed by car in about 25 minutes from Narita Airport if using theexpressway (800 yen expressway tolls one way, get off at Sawara-Katori IC) or about 45 minutes by toll free roads.
- a popular Shinto shrine
- great architecture
- many festivals over the year
- amazing views
- nice atmostphere
Katori Shrine 1697-1 Katori Chiba Prefecture 287-0017 Japan
Tips for you
Since the ancient time, Katori Shrine has been protected by the Imperial Household as a guardian Shrine of the Japanese and honored with the title of Jingu. It used to be known as the Number One Shrine of the Province of Shimofusa. So the shrine is visited by a lot of people who pray for the accomplishment of their wishes such as wish fulfillment, good matrimony and smooth birth, peace, diplomacy, victory, etc.