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Suwa Shrine, Suwa

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Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Sited at the foot of a mountain, Suwa Shrine remains one of the oldest houses of worship in Japan. Pay special attention to the gate resting on four pillars made from firs, replaced every seven years during the Onbashira Festival. The six buildings on the shrine grounds are designated important cultural property, while the complex's repository exhibits historical treasures, such as various written documents from the imperial family and major military commanders. Plan your visit to Suwa Shrine and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Suwa sightseeing website.
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  • Parts of the Suwa Taisha shrine complex date back to the 7th century and possibly earlier. The shrines honour the gods of agriculture, hunting, and fertility. There are many differing legends, myths.....  more »
  • We really enjoyed our visit to this famous shrine. The history is incredible and the information on the cedars and sumo history was interesting. We even saw the priest and a priestess performing...  more »
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  • A very peaceful place which is less commercial. There's also a tiny zoo beside the shrine, pretty lovely.
  • It is best to experience this place in New Year's Eve. It runs 24 hours for a few days with street food, sake, and games. A historical side note, it is relatively large for a city of this size. That is because it was commissioned to combat Catholicism doing the Tokugawa period when Catholicism was banned in Japan

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