Chichibu Shrine, Chichibu

4.1
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
With stately architecture and gorgeous sculptures on its walls, you won’t miss Chichibu Shrine, the prefecture’s main Shinto shrine, strategically located in downtown Chichibu. Founded in 878 CE and one of the oldest shrines in eastern Japan, it has been worshipped for centuries. The blue "bridging dragon" sculpture at the shrine's entrance, created by famous sculptor Hidari Jingoro, makes the premises look solemn and magnificent. Well-maintained and quiet, the shrine hosts Chichubu Night Festival, one of the three most important cultural mountain festivals in Japan. The shrine’s sacred dance, "kagura," has been recognized as an important cultural asset. Use our Chichibu trip itinerary app to visit Chichibu Shrine on your trip to Chichibu, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • A day of visiting many temples for a run of good fortune. A place where the first japan coin was made.  more »
  • A shrine with over 2100 years of history, rebuilt in the 1500s by Ieyasu is well preserved. The outside walls of the temple has exquisite carvings. Lots of tigers featured since Ieyasu was born in.....  more »
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  • One of the 3 famous shrines in Chichibu (i.e. Mitsumine Shrine, Chichibu Shrine, Hodosan Shrine). Most people knows the "Three Monkey" sculptures at Nikko Toshogu, embodying the proverbial principle "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil". However, only few know there is another version of "Three Monkey" as opposed to that of Nikko Toshogu, embodying "Listen Well, Observe Carefully, and Talk to prevent fights". Besides, there were also sculptures like "Child Treasure Child-rearing Tiger" and "Bridging Dragon" made by famous sculptor Hidari Jingoro
  • A beautiful and calm shrine. This is one of the most famous spots in Chichibu area.
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