Asakusa Shrine

Asakusa Shrine

Asakusa Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Tokyo metropolis in Kanto district. The shrine is dedicated to Sanjya Gongen ( Hinokuma Hamanari, Hinokuma Takenari and Haji no Nakatomo - legendary figures ). This shrine is famous for its lively festival, called Sanja Matsuri.

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Name Asakusa Shrine
"浅草神社(三社様)" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 3-1 Asakusa 2-chome, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, Japan
"東京都台東区浅草2丁目3-1" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 10-minute drive from the Komagata I.C. on the Shuto Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 03-3844-1575

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Amaterasu

Amaterasu (天照), Amaterasu-Omikami (天照大神/天照大御神/天照皇大神) or Ohirume-no-muchi-no-kami (大日孁貴神) is a part of the Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is seen as the goddess of the sun, but also of the universe. The name Amaterasu derived from Amateru means "shining in heaven". The meaning of her whole name, Amaterasu-?mikami, is "the great august kami (god) who shines in the heaven". According to the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki in Japanese mythology, the Emperors of Japan are considered to be direct descendants of Amaterasu.

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