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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

History

Kashihara-jingu Shrine 橿原神宮

A sanctuary of calm in the ancient seat of power

Imagine the site as it was more than 2,500 years ago, when the first Emperor of Japan, Emperor Jimmu, ascended to the throne here. Situated at the base of Mt. Unebi, the Kashihara-jingu Shrine was built to commemorate this mythology, and its spacious grounds and gorgeous views make for a great picnic spot.

Don't Miss

  • The monumental main hall, which was originally part of Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • A relaxing stroll around Fukada Lake
  • Witnessing worshippers flocking here for the first shrine visit of the New Year

How to Get There

Kashihara-jingu Shrine is a 12-minute walk from Kashihara-jingu-mae Station.

Trains from Nara, Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo provide convenient access to Kashihara-jingu-mae.

The JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line takes around two and a half hours to get to the Kyoto Station. Change at the Kyoto Station for the Kintetsu Line. From there, the rapid express train reaches Kashihara-jingu-mae in about one hour.

From the Abenohashi Station in Osaka, it takes one hour on the Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line to the Kashihara-jingu-mae Station.

From the Kintetsu Nara Station, it takes about 50 minutes on the Kintetsu Line to the Kashihara-jingu-mae Station via Yamato-Saidaiji.

Quick Facts

The first four Emperors of Japan have mausoleums in Kashihara-Jingu Shrine

National Foundation Day, celebrated on February 11, officially celebrates the ascension of Jimmu to becoming Japan's first Emperor

The shrine was built in 1990 by the Meiji Government

Emperor Jimmu and the founding of the Yamato State

The life of Emperor Jimmu, enshrined at the Kashihara-jingu Shrine, transcends myth and reality. What we do know is that Jimmu conquered his enemies around the year 660 B.C. to become Japan's first emperor. He established a court at Yamato, in modern-day Kashihara. The earliest written history of Japan also notes him as a descendant of the Sun God, Amaterasu, the most important deity in the Shinto pantheon.

The annual ceremonies before the end of the Second World War

Surprisingly, while parts of the site are considered sacred remnants from Jimmu's reign, the shrine was entirely recreated during the rise of Imperial Japan during the Meiji era (1868-1912).

So it was that in 1889, when the Meiji government sought to elevate Shinto to a state doctrine, that Kashihara-jingu was built. As the site that Emperor Jimmu is supposed to have taken the throne, the government held annual ceremonies here until the end of the Second World War, when they were banned.

Visit during the cherry blossom season and New Year

Leaving the station, you will find the grand precincts of Kashihara-jingu just a stone's throw away. It is a local favorite, with many visitors during the cherry blossom season and New Year in particular.

Enjoy an afternoon along the lake

After visiting the impressive main hall and Kagura-den (stage for sacred dance)that were moved from Kyoto Imperial Palace, head over to the large lake, where you will find seating areas to enjoy the surroundings with a bento box lunch.

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