The Atsuta Jingu is a Shinto shrine that was originally founded about 1900 years ago, when the scared sword Kusanagi-no-tsurugi, one of the imperial symbols, was enshrined. Not far from the centre of Nagoya-city, the 200,000 ㎡ shrine complex draws over nine million visitors annually. The buildings were maintained by donations from a number of benefactors, including Sengoku period figures like Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and the Tokgawas. It has been one of the greatest centres of worship in Japan from ancient times.
One of the hottest spots in Atsuta Jingu is the area called “Shimizu sha” located on the east of the main shrine. There was a spring water behind the shrine and it is worshipped as god of eye by the mythology that a shogun had cleaned his wounded eye with the water and it cured his eye. It is also believed that if you splash the water onto the rock in the middle of the pond three times and make a wish, it will become true.
Please ensure to have enough time to walk around the Atsuta Jingu when you visit as there are many other spots that nurture your sprits. Listening to the sound of nature and your foot steps reflecting on the pebbles will guide you to a path of Zen.
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