Nangu Shrine

Nangu Shrine

Nangu Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Gifu prefecture in Chubu district. The shrine is dedicated to Kanayamahiko no Mikoto ( the god of metallurgy ). 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.

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Name Nangu Shrine
"南宮大社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 1734-1, Miyashiro, Tarui-cho, Fuwa-gun, Gifu, Japan
"岐阜県不破郡垂井町宮代1734-1" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 15-minute drive from the Sekigahara I.C. on the Meishin Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0584-22-1225

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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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