Walk in Samukawa Shrine – Samukawa, Kanagawa, Japan
Samukawa is a town located in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Samukawa Shrine (寒川神社) is a Shinto shrine in the town of Samukawa. This shrine is one of the most famous shrines around Tokyo.
The origins of Samukawa Shrine are unknown. Unverifiable shrine legend states that it was founded during the reign of Emperor Yūryaku (418-479).
The earliest written records indicate that the shrine was rebuilt in the year 727, and its name also appears in the Shoku Nihon Kōki entry for the year 846.
Samukawa was designated as the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) for the former Sagami province.
From 1871 through 1946, Sumakawa was officially designated one of the Kokuhei Chūsha (国幣中社), meaning that it stood in the mid-range of ranked, nationally significant shrines.
The main festival of the shrine is held annually on September 20, and features yabusame performances. During the Setsubun festival in February, illuminated paper figures are hung from the main gate in a style similar to that of the Nebuta in Aomori Prefecture.