Nearest station

Hirooka

    JR Shinonoi Line

Nagano-ken, Shiojiri-shi, Seba 6129-6130

長野県塩尻市洗馬6129-6130

三社神社

   Sansha Jinja

Home page: (Japanese) none

September 2, 2018

History

Unlike Shinmei-Gū Jōge-niza, Sansha Jinja is one of the 448 shrines for which the Nagano-ken Association of Shintō Shrines offers some information. Unfortunately it is very limited, and its "history" section, just 65 characters long, is more descriptive than historical. It begins by telling us that the main deity is Amaterasu Ōkami and there is an image of some kind of her on the roof (at least I am guessing this is what it tells us: instead of a kanji there is a black box in the original and this is very confusing. For those of you who read Japanese the original is here). It goes on to tell us that as the shrine is  situated in the midst of dry field farming land the typical offerings  at the festival held in honour of Toyōuke-Ōkami, a grain-related kami, seeking an abundant harvest are are lettuce and daikon. 

Enshrined Kami:  

Main

(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names

refer to position in How Many Kami table)

Amaterasu Ōkami (55)            天照大

Tateminakata-no-mikoto (111)    建御名方命

Hondawake-no-mikoto                  誉田別命

 

From Merged Shrines

None

In-ground Shrines:

Iwadare Jinja   岩垂神社

 

​Annual Festival:   September 27 and 28

Equally unfortunate is that when I went to visit the shrine a large part of its grounds was roped off to allow construction work to take place so I was not able to explore as much as I would have liked. I suspect though that I didn't miss too much. It is about 5km away from Hirooka Station, and is probably of little interest to anyone except the most dyed-in-the-wool jinja jaunter.

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Sansha Jinja  Nagano-ken, Shiojiri-shi, Seba 6129-6130
Sansha Jinja  Nagano-ken, Shiojiri-shi, Seba 6129-6130
Sansha Jinja  Nagano-ken, Shiojiri-shi, Seba 6129-6130
Sansha Jinja  Nagano-ken, Shiojiri-shi, Seba 6129-6130
Sansha Jinja  Nagano-ken, Shiojiri-shi, Seba 6129-6130
Sansha Jinja  Nagano-ken, Shiojiri-shi, Seba 6129-6130
Sansha Jinja  Nagano-ken, Shiojiri-shi, Seba 6129-6130
Sansha Jinja  Nagano-ken, Shiojiri-shi, Seba 6129-6130
Sansha Jinja  Nagano-ken, Shiojiri-shi, Seba 6129-6130
Sansha Jinja  Nagano-ken, Shiojiri-shi, Seba 6129-6130
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