Suwa Grand Shrine Maemiya is a Shinto shrine located at Nagano prefecture in Chubu district. The shrine is dedicated to Takeminakata 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 its lively festival, called Onbashira Matsuri.
More Details (Japanese Site)
|Name||Suwa Grand Shrine Maemiya
"諏訪大社上社前宮" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Address||2030, Miyagawa, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan
"長野県茅野市宮川２０３０" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
|Access||5-minute drive from the Suwa I.C. on the Chuo 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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