1900-year-old shrine with lush evergreen forest is best known by one of the three Imperial Regalia, Kusanagi sword. The shrine saw the modification after the Meiji Restoration. It is a nice place to stroll and very much like the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. To be more precise, the forest of Meiji Shrine is much younger than that of Atsuta Shrine which is more than five hundred years old in average. The shrine preccinct has a number of historical sites but I could not cover much of the places because it was a hot day and even with shade I didn't feel like staying this place much longer.
I could easily locate one of the three best traditional walls in Japan, Nobunaga-bei Wall(photo #5). It is at this shrine Nobunaga Oda prayed for the victory of the war against one of the strongest warlord based in Sumpu(currently Shizuoka). Nobunaga won the battle of Okehazama in 1560 beheading the adversary lord, Yoshimoto Imagawa. To express gratitude, Nobunaga constructed the walls for the shrine.
Its treasure museum has a lot of cultural properties including those of Japanese swords. Also you may be able to see donated artworks by some of the finest Japanese painters. I saw the names like Kiyotaka Kaburaki or Gyokudo Kawai.
The Atsuta-jingu Shrine is one of Japan's 3 most important places of historical worship.
It's somewhat lacking in tourist pleasantries, as it's a working cultural shrine, but it is certainly worth a trip on a good-weather day - it's most like a park - pleasant to walk through on a sunny afternoon.
There is a museum, but we decided against the admission fee, so I cannot comment.
As with most cultural heritage sites I visited in Japan, it's just off the subway line.
It's a Shrine complex with a museum, located in a nice park-like setting with plenty of trees.
A good place for a pleasant stroll.
It enshrines the sacred sword Kusanagi-no-tsurugi
You can check out a map of the area here http://www.atsutajingu.or.jp/eng/pre/index.htm
Visit and entrance is generally Free except for the museum (Treasure Exhibition Hall), which costs 300yen.
Tagata Shrine and Ooagata Shrine, two Shinto shrines located not so far away from one another, are considered as couple shrines. Tagata Shrine is located in Tagata-cho, Komaki City, Aichi Prefecture. It is dedicated to a god named "Mitoshino-Kami" and a goddess named "Tamahime-no-Mikoto." Ooagata jinja shrine is located a few miles northeast from Tagata shrine in Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture. It is dedicated to a god named Ooagata-Oomikami. Within the shrine site is also enshrined a goddess named Tamahime-no-Mikoto.
People come to these shrines to pray for fertility, either harvest or especially to pray for having children. The shrine houses a big wooden phallus on a portable shrine, which is used in Hounen Matsuri, a fertility festival. There are many other wooden phallus in the shrine, and also stone phallus at one of a prayer corner outdoors. Even the bell is shaped like phallus. People who pray for fertility usually take one wooden phallus home, and when the prayer brings success, they return it with another phallus as a token of gratitude.
Nagoya is not known for its temples, but Osu Kannon is one of the few famous temples in the city. The original temple was built in Gifu Prefecture and then moved here in 1612 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. Unfortunately, the original temple did not survive and the current temple was rebuilt in the 1970s. The temple houses the oldest known copy of the Kojiki, ancient chronicles of Japanese history and mythology. It's not visible to the public.
Despite having been rebuilt recently, the temple has interesting architecture and still makes a nice stop in the city. Although I personally don't like pigeons, if you want to feed pigeons, there are dispensers of food that you can buy to feed them. There is also a shopping area near the temple.
The temple grounds are free.
Atsuta Shrine was first built to enshrine the Imperial Sword Kusanagi, one of the three Imperial Regalia, around the 1st or 2nd century. According to legend however, the real sword was later lost and never recovered after it sank to the bottom of the sea in the Battle of Dannoura. None of the regalia (the sword, jewel, and mirror) are permitted to be shown to the public, so it is unknown what they look like, how old they are, or whether or not any of them are the original holy objects.
Nevertheless, its possession of the sword places it among the holiest shrines in the nation. The shrine's architecture was altered in 1893 to more closely resemble Ise Shrine and all of it had to be rebuilt in 1955 after being destroyed by bombings in WWII. The shrine is built into its own forest which is very pleasant to walk around as a way to get out of the city without actually leaving the city.
The shrine is free. There is a treasure house that costs 300 yen to enter. The regalia is not on display but there are other swords, noh masks, etc.
Toganji Temple was built by Oda Nobuyuki and moved to its present location in 1714. The temple is famous for its large Buddha (Daibutsu) which was built in 1987. Unlike most other Daibutsu, this one is a deep green color and was made in a more Indian style. Large elephant statues are located on the corners. It's an interesting site.
The temple is free.
Atsuta Shrine is one of Shinto's most important shrines. During the weekends, traditional Japanese weddings are held at the shrine (on top of the regular conducting of blessing sessions for children at ages of 3, 5 and 7). You get to hear traditional
"music" comprising the olden Japanese strings and priests raising their high-pitched voices.
Atsuta Shrine's version of the kishimen noodles, Nagoya's most famous dish, is also most yummy! Definitely a must try!
A major shrine, ranking beside Ise Shrine, that worships the Kusanagi Sword, one of the three Sacred Treasures. Nearly 8 milion people visit the shrine for worship every year. It is noted for the Nohgakuden, Nobunaga Wall, 25-cho-bashi Bridge, and Homotsu-kan (Treasure Museum) that houses many national treasures and important cultural assets such as Nihonshoki, etc
Chinese will call it "Guan Yin" temple.
For the story of this temple, you can visit the site of Ohsu. English explanation is written in their website.
A temple relocated from Ohsu-sho, Gifu Pref. by Ieyasu Tokugawa in 1612.
Famous antique market is held on the 18th and the 28th every month. The Ohsu shoopping arcade nearby is alive with shoppers.
Tagata jinja hounen matsuri
Thanks to oOOo for this information!
I don't want to say it, see for yourself...
Located only a few miles away from its "couple", Tagata Shrine, this shrine is for female. But unlike its couple, Ooagata Shrine has no symbols of reproductive "gear".