Nearest station

Seba

 Chūō MainLine

Nagano-ken, Shiojiri-shi, Sōga 2576-1

長野県塩尻市宗賀2576-1

神明宮上下二座

   Shinmei-Gū Jōge-niza

Home page: (Japanese) none

August 29, 2018

A note on information sources

I think it is fair to say that for virtually every shrine in Tōkyō at least some information is available on the Internet. It is equally fair to say that this is not the case in other regions. I have been visiting shrines in Nagano-ken recently, admittedly smaller ones but some quite interesting, and have found information beyond their location quite difficult to come by. Apart from notice boards in the shrines themselves, which are often conspicuous by their absence, the main source of information is the Nagano-ken Association of Shintō Shrines, which lists (Japanese) 2,459 shrines in the prefecture. Of these, there is reasonably detailed information on 448; for all the others all that is given is name, post code, and address. Among the latter is Shinmei-Gū Jōge-niza, the subject of this post.

Enshrined Kami:  

Main

(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names

refer to position in How Many Kami table)

Amaterasu Ōkami (55)  天照大

In-ground Shrines:

Shōkon-Gū          招魂宮

Tsushima Jinja    津島神社

Tenman-Gū        天満宮

Hakusan-sha      白山社

Sumitomo-sha   住吉社

Yama-no-kami    山の神

 

​Annual Festival:    September 22

Description

About 400m from Seba Station, this shrine is probably of interest only to shrine aficionados, or possibly to those with time to kill while waiting for a train at the station.  The main torii sits just above the railway line with the sandō continuing along the other side of the track, indicating that the shrine predates the railway line. It is not architecturally predisposing but has a certain near bucolic charm. Let the photos speak.  

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