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Akagi Jinja (Akagi Shrine)

Address:
114 miyosawa-machi, Maebashi, Gunma 371-0241 Japan

Parking:
Available

The shrine is the focus of more than 300 branches spread all over the prefectures not only in Gunma but in Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa and Niigata. This shrine is believed to have been built during the reign of the Emperor Sujin from 97 B.C. to 29 B.C.  The agriculture gods of Onamuchi-no-mikoto and Toyoki-irihiko-no-mikoto are worshipped here. It is a sanctuary surrounded by ancient trees, including three 1,000-year-old cedars.

Diredtions

By Train and Bus: Take the public bus from Jomo Dentetsu at Ogo Station.  It takes about 20 minutes.

By Car: It takes about 30 minutes from Isesaki Exit off the Kitakanto Expressway, or about 40 minutes from Akagi Exit off the Kanetsu Expressway.

Parking Available for free.

Where to Go around Mt. Akagi

Akagi Jinnja Somon  (The Gate of Akagi Shrine)

(Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property)

The gate stands 500 meters away from the shrine itself. According to the records, it was constructed in 1556 in the style of Koraimon which features beams and bars.


Akagi Jinja Honnden and Chumon (Akagi Inner Shrine and Inner Gate)

(Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property)

Beyond the outer shrine are the inner shrine and the inner gate. There were originally the two shrines according to the records of 1406, and they were united in 1869. Although the outer shrine was burned down in 1894, the inner shrine and gate remain unchanged.


Akagi Jinja Hondennaikuden (Akagi Shrine Sanctuary)

 (Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property)

This looks like a portable shrine where the gods descend. The decorative sculpture and the painting on it date from the Muromachi Era. The backside of the door bears the name of the donor Minamotono Narishige who was a general in Ota City today and devoted himself to the gods of Akagi.