Nearest station

Maita

Yokohama Subway Blue Line

Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Minami-ku, Miyamoto-chō 3-48

神奈川県横浜市南区宮元町3-48

杉山神社

   Sugiyama Jinja

Home page: (Japanese)

November 24, 2017

in Maita, Ōkamigū-sha andYanohara Inari Jinja, were merged into the Sugiyama JInja along with their enshrined deities, respectively Amaterasu Ōkami andUka-no-mitama-kami.   In 1957 the main hall was rebuilt and in 1977 a new roof was added.

Description

Just 20 metres away from the #1 exit of Maita Station. I visited this shrine for two reasons, firstly my general interest in Sugiyama Shrines, and, secondly, as far as I am aware it is the only Sugiyama Jinja to have its own home page, leading me to think that it might hold some important function within the Sugiyama JInja group. I was mistaken, and there is little of interest within the  shrine itself. Its most interesting aspect is possibly the white metal gate impeding entry, although the gate is probably meant to prevent children from the kindergarten within the shrine grounds from running out into the main road in front of the shrine.

History

This Sugiyama Jinja, one of two in Yokohama’s Minami-ku, is said to have been founded in its present location to the northeast of Kamakura in 1209 by Jōgyō, a monk and the third son of Minamoto Yoritomo.  The northeast is considered an unlucky direction (鬼門) and it was to protect Kamakura, seat of the Minamoto clan, from any peril emanating from that direction that the shrine was established.

 

The Shinpen tells us that sometime during the Eikyō Period (1421-1449) the kannushi (chief priest) of the Kamakura Hachimangū, Sakai Miyauchi, assumed the same role for the Sugiyama Jinja and the Sakai family continued in both positions until the beginning of the Meiji Period.

Jumping forward seven centuries to 1909 two unranked shrines

Enshrined Kami:  

Main

(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names

refer to position in How Many Kami table)

Ichikishima-hime-no-mikoto       市杵嶋姫命

Amaterasu Ōkami (55)                 天照大

Uka-no-mitama-kami (75)            宇迦之御魂神

From Merged Shrines

In-ground Shrines

Earliest mention of:   1209

Annual Festival:    September 3, 4

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