Samukawa Shrine

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Samukawa Shrine
Samukawa Shrine 1.jpg
Honden of Samukawa Shrine
Dedicated to Samukawa Daimyojin
Founded unknown
Address 3916 Miyayama, Samukawa-cho, Koza-gun, Kanagawa
Shinto torii icon vermillion.svg Glossary of Shinto

Samukawa Shrine (寒川神社?, Samukawa jinja) is a Shinto shrine in the town of Samukawa in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The shrine is located on the bank of the Sagami River, about eight kilometers from the river’s mouth.


The origins of Samukawa Jinja are unknown. Unverifiable shrine legend states that it was founded during the reign of Emperor Yūryaku (418-479). The main kami of Samukawa Jinja is the Samukawa Daimyojin, an amalgamation of the male Samukawa-hiko no mikoto (寒川比古命?) and the female Samukawa-hime no mikoto (寒川比女命?). Both were local kami.

The earliest written records indicate that the shrine was rebuilt in the year 727, and its name also appears in the Shoku Nihon Kōki entry for the year 846.

Samukawa was designated as the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) for the former Sagami province. [1]

From 1871 through 1946, Sumakawa was officially designated one of the Kokuhei Chūsha (国幣中社?), meaning that it stood in the mid-range of ranked, nationally significant shrines.


Main gate of Samukawa Shrine

The main festival of the shrine is held annually on September 20, and features yabusame performances. During the Setsubun festival in February, illuminated paper figures are hung from the main gate in a style similar to that of the Nebuta in Aomori Prefecture.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1.; retrieved 2011-08-09
  2. ^ Plutschow. (1996). Matsuri: The Festivals of Japan, p. 173.


Coordinates: 35°22′43″N 139°22′53″E / 35.37861°N 139.38139°E / 35.37861; 139.38139