Nearest station

Koiwa

    Sōbu Main Line

Tōkyō-to, Edogawa-ku, Shishibone-chō 4-9-17

東京都江戸川区鹿骨町 4-9-17

鹿島神社

  Kashima Jinja

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January 25, 2019

History

It is unclear when this Kashima Jinja was founded, but it is thought to be coeval with that of Shishibone Mura where it is located. It was known as Gosha-Jinmeisha (五社神明社). “Gosha” means five shrines, and the name reflects the settlement of the area of led by a group of five people with the family name of Ishii (石井), each of whom brought their own local deity with them, which deities were in due course jointly enshrined.

There is another account, related to the Sacred Deer (神鹿, Shinroku) memorialised in the shrine. It tells us, although without giving a date, that when Kanoshima Ōkami (鹿島大神) was passing through what is now Shishibone Mura on his way from Kanoshima-gun in Hitachi Province to Kasuga  in Nara the deer accompanying him collapsed from illness. The villagers, seeing a strange coincidence in this, built a mound to commemorate the incident. In 1666 a shrine, which is 

Enshrined Kami:  

Main

(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names

refer to position in How Many Kami table)

Takemizuchi-no-mikoto (175E)  武甕槌命

Amaterasu Ōkami (55)               天照大

and 3 others                         ほか三神

 

From Merged Shrines

None

In-ground Shrines:

Sui JInja        水神社

Inari-sha        稲荷社

Suga Jinja      須賀神社

Koroku Jinja  胡録神社

Hiei Jinja       日枝神社

​Annual Festival:   Late September

Kashima Jinja  鹿島神社

now this Kashima Jinja, was dedicated to Takemizuchi-no-mikoto、Amaterasu Ōkami and three other kami. Designated as a village shrine in November 1872.

Description

About 2.1km from Koiwa Station. The visual highlight of the shrine is undoubtedly the Sacred Deer monument. The present main hall was built in 1881, the prayer hall in 1919. The in-house Sui Jinja was built in the late 1920s and the Inari-sha in February 1969. The three in-ground sessha—Hie, Suga, Koryoku—were built in February 1988. The koma-inu date from 1896.

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