Kashima Shrine

Kashima Shrine

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.

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Name Kashima Shrine
"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
Telephone 0299-82-1209

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Hudoki

Fudoki (風土記) are ancient reports on provincial culture, geography, and oral tradition presented to the reigning monarchs of Japan, also known as local gazetteers. They contain agricultural, geographical, and historical records as well as mythology and folklore. Fudoki manuscripts also document local myths, rituals, and poems that are not mentioned in the Kojiki and the Nihon Shoki chronicles, which are the most important literature of the ancient national mythology and history. In the course of national unification, the imperial court enacted a series of criminal and administrative codes called ritsury? and surveyed the provinces established by such codes to exert greater control over them.

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