Suwa Shrine, Nagasaki

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Suwa Shrine is the major Shinto shrine of Nagasaki, Japan, and home to the Nagasaki Kunchi . It is located in the northern part of the city, on the slopes of Mount Tamazono-san, and features a 277-step stone staircase leading up the mountain to the various buildings that comprise the shrine.Suwa shrine was established as a way of stopping and reverting the conversion to Christianity that was taking place in Nagasaki. In modern times it remains an important and successful center of the community.The shrine in Nagasaki is one of many Suwa shrines, all of which are dedicated to Suwa-no-Kami, a kami of valor and duty, and are linked with Suwa Taisha, the head shrine of Suwa-no-Kami worship. Two other kami spirits are also enshrined at Suwa shrine, all three of which are celebrated during the Kunchi.HistoryThe official date of construction for Suwa Shrine is 1614, the same year as Tokugawa Ieyasu's Edict against Christianity, although there was little more than a small structure to mark the position of the future shrine at this time. At that time, Nagasaki was home to the largest Christian population in Japan, and had destroyed many of the former Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. The Tokugawa Shogunate had taken power and reversed its friendly policy towards Christianity. The government had begun forcing Christians to reconvert to the Japanese religions of Buddhism and Shinto. It was thought that establishing a major point of Shinto worship would be important to these efforts, giving the local population a central point of worship and a sense of community.
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  • Title says it all. There was some renovation working going on when I viisted - but it was still worth. Quite a grand entrance from the main road right down below. Liked the Torii gates. Shame the old ...  more »
  • Mr. Chino in haste in Nagasaki. Because China is around the yard in Suwa-Jinja shrine is not anything special, but from Nagasaki streetcar ride went to. I thought only shrine, small zoo or Park to the pond, Teahouse and walks alone in the hour and a half can spend and the chatter about it. Mr. waiter came back to yattekoreru, and the Suwa shrine, hoping and watching all the balcony seats while also Nagasaki kunchi. In the premises of the shrine until kindergarten, and Oh! There was quite offering his place here. And guardian who wishes to place both parts.
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  • Nagasaki was the only Japanese in the shrine's stairs so there are lots of exercise and a lot of large people out gentleman's incarnation. Even the air in the Woods so good
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  • I had a picturesque moment when I arrived around 8pm; with a family sitting on the top of the stairs staring into the beautifully lit city. Kids running up and down those huge stairs - it was pretty sweet.
  • Lovely maintened temple offering nice views of the surrounding area in Nagasaki
  • I stopped by to explore the temple grounds and take a few pictures. I was rewarded with the sight of an interesting activity involving the preparation of the shimenawa. This is a quiet and interesting place.
  • An Absolute amazing view from inside the temple of the city. Siuated on a small hill it quite and serene.
  • Nice temple.

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