Kashima Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Ibaraki prefecture in Kanto district. The shrine is dedicated to Takemikazuchi no Mikoto ( the god of military?arts ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan) , and was occupying the highest rank among the shrines of a province.This shrine is famous for Futsuno Mitama no Tsurugi , a sacred sword more than 2 meters in length.
More Details (Japanese Site)
"鹿島神宮" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||2306-1, Kyuchu, Kashima-shi, Ibaraki, Japan
"茨城県鹿嶋市宮中２３０６－１" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||20-minute drive from the Itako I.C. on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway.|
|Admission Fee||Free in the precincts|
In Shinto, shintai (神体 body of the kami), or go-shintai (御神体 sacred body of the kami) when the honorific prefix go- is used, are physical objects worshipped at or near Shinto shrines as repositories in which spirits or kami reside. Shintai used in Shrine Shinto (Jinja Shinto) can be also called mitamashiro (御霊代 spirit replacement or substitute).
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