Toga Shrine

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Toga Shrine
Toga Shrine (main hall 1).jpg
Honden of Toga Shrine
Dedicated to Ōkuninushi no mikoto
Founded Taihō period (701-704 AD)
Address Nishigakiuchi, Ichinomiya-cho, Toyokawa-shi, Aichi
Shinto torii icon vermillion.svg Glossary of Shinto

Toga Shrine (砥鹿神社, Toga Jinja) is a Shinto shrine in the city of Toyokawa in eastern Aichi Prefecture, Japan. It is the ichinomiya of former Mikawa Province. Located on the borderland of Aichi with Shizuoka Prefecture, the summit of Mount Hongū 782 metres (2,566 ft) is considered to be within the precincts of the shrine, and has a subsidiary chapel.

Enshrined kami[edit]

The main kami of Toga Shrine is Ōkuninushi (玉埼神, Ōkuninushi-no-mikoto).


The origins of Toga Shrine are unknown. The shrine claims to have been founded in the Taihō period (701-704 AD) by Emperor Mommu. It is located in an area of eastern Mikawa with a favorable climate, which has been settled since at least the Jōmon period. One of the treasures of the shrine is a Yayoi period dōtaku bronze bell, possibly recovered from a burial mound in the area. The shrine is mentioned as the ichinomiya of Mikawa Province in the Engishiki records from the early Heian period. However, repeated fires and other disasters over the centuries have destroyed all of the old shrine records and buildings.

In the modern system of ranked Shinto Shrines, Chichibu was listed among the 3rd class of nationally significant shrines or Kokuhei Shōsha (国幣小社).[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, pp. 125.

Other websites[edit]

Media related to Toga Shrine at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 34°50′51.59″N 137°25′16.38″E / 34.8476639°N 137.4212167°E / 34.8476639; 137.4212167