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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 Tokygawa 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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  • Despite difficulty in reaching here and climbing few steps we found this shrine quite a place to visit .Certainly not to be missed . Locals come here to pray and there is no tourist crowd here as else...  more »
  • At the entrance you will see quite a lot of steps to climb, but finally when we reached to top there was hardly anybody about just one other tourist and an old Japanese lady worshipping, until we saw ...  more »
  • Suwa Shrine is one of the most beautiful shrines I have been to in my time at Japan. When you climb up the stairs it is an incredible view. There are different little areas to explore within the shrin...  more »
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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.
  • 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.
  • Street called Suwa-Jinja shrine, dedicated to the Lord to where takeminacata is. Honoring the flanged edge to Izumo also are enshrined at Sumiyoshi's will. It is to say "Nagasaki" in Suwa has been important to me. But, anyway, staircase to the sanctuary again? is. The eight-storey building, climbs up on the stairs. What you have previously climbed is a relatively new building looks.
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