Atsuta Jingu Shrine

Compared to Ise Jingu, Atsuta Jingu is slightly younger―by approximately one hundred years. Both shrines are dedicated to Amaterasu, but Atsuta has a different sacred treasure as a manifestation of the Goddess; Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi. The sword is believed to have been retrieved from the tail of a monster serpent with eight heads and tails, when it was felled.

Atsuta Jingu boasts a list of prominent followers, including Nobunaga Oda, a maverick feudal lord who almost succeeded in uniting the war-torn nation in the late 16th century before being backstabbed by one of his lieutenants. Oda once offered his prayers to the Goddess at this shrine before waging a bloody battle against an army ten times larger than his. After a miraculous victory against insurmountable odds, he donated a robust enclosure wall to the shrine, a part of which still stands today.

The shrine also has a treasure museum with a hoard of artifacts, including paintings and Japanese swords dedicated to it by followers. It is only ten minutes by train from Nagoya station.