Honden of Toga Shrine
|Dedicated to||Ōkuninushi no mikoto|
|Founded||Taihō period (701-704 AD)|
|Address||Nishigakiuchi, Ichinomiya-cho, Toyokawa-shi, Aichi|
|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.
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.
- Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, pp. 125.
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