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Kanazawahakkei

     Keihin Kyūkō Line

Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi,  Kanazawa-ku, Seto 18-14

神奈川県横浜市金沢区瀬戸18-14

 

瀬戸神社

   Seto Jinja

Home page: (Japanese) 

October 22, 2018

History

Said to have been founded in 1180 during Minamoto Yoritomo’s rule with the setting up of a bunshi (branch shrine)  of the Izumishima-Myōjin (伊豆三島明神). It enjoyed the support of successive military rulers  and in 1591 Tokugawa Ieyasu formally recognized its ownership of land worth 100 koku. From July 1, 1600 the Tokugawa's apparently became regular visitors to the shrine.

Moving into the Meiji Period, it was given village shrine ranking in 1873. In 1878 a Tōshō-gū (a generic name for jinja enshrining  Tokugawa Ieyasu) attached to the Nichirinsan-entsūji temple (日輪山円通寺)  in Kamakura was moved to the shrine. In 1907 it was given Shinsen-heihakuryō-kyōshin-jinja status. This was followed in 1909 by the absorption of eight other shrines in the village—Kumano Jinja, Inari Jinja,  Daijingū, Nikkō-sha, Suwa Jinja, Sannō-sha, Sengen-sha, and Hakusan-sha. 

It is said that the in-ground Biwajima Jinja was founded by  Hōjō Masako, using the kanjō process to enshrine the deity Benzaiten of Chikubushima  (竹生島) in Lake Biwa. The deity of this shrine is Ichikishima-hime (市杵嶋姫), another name for Benzai-ten. It is one of the stops on the Yokohama Kanazawa Shichifukujin circuit.  

 

Enshrined Kami:  

Main

(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names

refer to position in How Many Kami table)

Ōyamazumi-mikoto (22)                    大山祇命

Susano-o-no mikoto (57)                須佐之男命

Sugawara no Michizane                 菅原道真

 

From Merged Shrines

Tokugawa Ieyasu             徳川家康

Izanagi-no-mikoto (13A)                 伊邪那岐命

Izanami-no-mikoto (13B)                伊邪那美命

Hayatama-no-o-no-Mikoto          速玉男命

Ukanomitama-mikoto                    倉稲魂命

Amaterasu Ōkami (55)                   天照大

Ajisukitakahikone-mikoto              味耜高彦根命

Tateminakata-no-mikoto (111)    建御名方命

Saruta-hiko-mikoto (115)            猿田彦命

Konohanasakuya-hime (119B)      木花開耶姫命

Kukuri-hime-no-mikoto              菊理媛命

In-ground Shrines:

Sorei-sha         祖霊社

U-sessha          右末社

Sa-sessha         左末社

Aoso-Gū           青麻呂

Biwajima-Jinja    琵琶島神社

 

​Annual Festival:   May 15 

Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社

Description

About five minutes' walk from Kanazawa-hakkei Station. It is less than 500 metres as the crow flies from an inlet to the Pacific, although with a hill and an expressway in between  it is difficult to feel the proximity to the ocean. Before the area was built up it was famous for its views, indeed the "hakkei" in Kanazawa-hakkei means "Eight Views" (八景). The rear of the shrine abuts on to the above-mentioned hill and with several small shrines scattered, seemingly haphazardly, between the main shrine building and the hill it is easy to forget the bustling metropolis surrounding the shrine. There is a small Inari jinja built into what is probably an artificial cave in the hill. 

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Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
Seto Jinja  瀬戸神社
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