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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