Suwa Shrine, Nagasaki

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Suwa Shrine (諏訪神社 suwa jinja) is the major Shinto shrine of Nagasaki, Japan, and home to the Nagasaki Kunchi (kunchi (くんち) means "festival"). It is located in the northern part of the city, on the slopes of Mount Tamazono-san, and features a 277-step stone staircase leading up the mountain to the various buildings that comprise the shrine.

Suwa shrine was established as a way of stopping and reverting the conversion to Christianity that was taking place in Nagasaki. In modern times it remains an important and successful center of the community.

The shrine in Nagasaki is one of many Suwa shrines, all of which are dedicated to Suwa-no-Kami, a kami of valor and duty, and are linked with Suwa Taisha, the head shrine of Suwa-no-Kami worship. Two other kami spirits are also enshrined at Suwa shrine, all three of which are celebrated during the Kunchi.
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  • Suwa Shrine, known for Nagasaki Kunchi Festival, is a major tourist attraction in Nagasaki. Like many other spots, it is located on the top of a hill, and you have to climb a long way from Suwa...  more »
  • Normal shrine . Not much to do and therefore just photo taking . Not worth any special trip to come over .  more »
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  • A very peaceful place which is less commercial. There's also a tiny zoo beside the shrine, pretty lovely.
  • It is best to experience this place in New Year's Eve. It runs 24 hours for a few days with street food, sake, and games. A historical side note, it is relatively large for a city of this size. That is because it was commissioned to combat Catholicism doing the Tokugawa period when Catholicism was banned in Japan
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