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“Great Shrine in Omiya”

Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine
Ranked #3 of 147 things to do in Saitama
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

Hikawa Shrine is said to have a history of more than 2400 years and is one of the oldest shrines in Japan which also became the origin of the place name of Omiya as a "great shrine". Hikawa Shrine gathers faith in the Kanto region as Musashi Ichinomiya (means "top shrine of Musashi"), and the New Year's Shrine is crowded with many visitors.
Musashi was a former province of Japan, which today comprises Tokyo Metropolis, most of Saitama Prefecture and part of Kanagawa Prefecture.

Shrines with the name of Hikawa Shrine counts in Omiya, Saitama, Tokyo, Kanagawa prefecture, and its number is 280 members.
The approach of Hikawa Shrine extends 2 km north and south from the Nakasendo, and there are beautiful zelkova trees lined on both sides.
The Nakasendo was one of the five main routes of the Edo period, and one of the two that connected Edo (modern-day Tokyo) to Kyoto in Japan.

The Torii of Hikawa Shrine has first Torii gate, second Torii, and third Torii in the approach road called Omotesando. The largest one is second torii, and the former is a Torii which was the big Torii of Meiji Jingu Shrine.
A Torii is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a shrine.

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

peaceful place for couple and good stuff for loving belief. คู่รักที่อยากไปขอให้มีความสัมพันธ์ที่ยืนยาวกันไปนานๆแนะนำที่นี่ค่ะ บรรยากาศดี ดูสงบเงียบและโรแมนติกขลังไปอีกแบบ

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Reviewed 30 April 2017

Very quiet and not crowded place (only on weekend more people) , not must see but if you are nearby you should see it

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Reviewed 5 January 2017

I was surprised to walk on the long straight entrance path to the shrine. The area is wide and there are several smaller shrines apart from the main one.
The nearest JR station is Ohmiya and it takes just 30-45 minutes from Central Tokyo by train and from the station, about 20 minutes on foot. After following main road from the east exit turn left. Everybody knows where it is so you can ask anybody to help you. Avoid Jan 1 through 7 as tehre are so many people and cars visiting. I forgot to add that there were a stone monument explaing the relation with the famous warship Musashi. The branch shrine of this shrine had been installed in Musashi.

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Reviewed 15 October 2016

very peaceful and kindness place, where do you have the chance to see how japanese people pray and deal with their costumes.

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