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Kashima Jinja Shrine in Shishibone Edogawaku

Kashima Jinja Shrine in Shishibonethe main hall of Kashima Jinja Shrine the statue of deers in Kashima Jinja Shrinethe Komainu in Kashima Jinja Shrine
Kashima Jinja Shrine in Shishibone Edogawaku is a very cute shrine having unique atmosphere. It must be the shrine that Shishibone Town is named after, its approach road was originally longed to two or three blocks south of its torii gate and there are lined pine trees along the approach on the south side of the road. Moreover, uniquely cute statues of komainus (guardian dogs of shrines) guard the main hall. And there are statues of two deer in front of a small forest in the shrine, and many tall trees stand in it and some of them are registored as to keep carefully by Edogawaku, so visitors would feel that they walk in the forest.
Kashima Jinja Shrine is an interesting shrine gives some imagination to the visitors that feel that they are in wonder lands. Why don't you visit it?

The History of Kashima Jinja Shrine in Shisibone

The History of Kashima Jinja Shrine

There are no records when Kashima Jinja Shrine in Shishibone was built. When messengers from Kashima Taisha Shrine in Hitachi province was going to Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara, a god's deer that they took to Nara was died in sick in this land. Then the villagers at that time buried the dead deer carefully and built a mound called Shishimizuka in the village. This mound having miracle power of the great god of Kashima that protect the villagers from some epidemics and some disasters. The mound exists in the north east of this shrine now.Therefore they named their village Shishibone (bone of deer) not to forget the god of Kashima and the deer in the mound. Then they donated to build the shrine to take care of the god carefully like they do to their parents and the god protect them like he does to his children. After the completion to build the main hall, the grand god of Kashima has become the guardian deity of Shishibone. Even if there are no records of the beginning, it has been here since the messengers passed. Since then, the villagers built the main hall several times and the hall was built in November 28 1666 and it rebuilt in December 15 of 1881. It has stood for 260 years.

鹿島神社本殿正面左棟板より

The Historic Site Kashima Jinja Shrine

By the Meiji Restoration in 1868, it was the guardian shrine of Shishibone village called Gosha Shinmeisha or Gosha Jinja (the shrine for five deities). And the buildings in it was built in 1666 and Enshoin Temple administrated it. In 1872, it ranked in the village shrine.
This shrines had been built by the five families (Nagakatsu Ishii, Tajima, Nakadai, Makino and another Ishii) who had settled in this village first. Then their deities dedicated in the shrine together. According to the story by villagers, a deer who served Kashima Grand God in Hitachi province died in sickness at this village when he followed the God moved to Kasuga Jinja Shrine in Nara and the villagers carefully built a mound to bury it, this mound is called 'Shishimizuka', they were impressed that it was good fate, then they built a shrine to dedicate Takemikazuchi no Mikoto in Kashima Jinja Shrine in Hitachi, Amaterasu Oomikami in Ise and other three gods together and they named it Kashima Jinja.
March 2008
Edogawaku Board of Education

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The Location and Access to Kashima Jinja Shrine

Kashima Jinja Shrine in Shishibone Edogawaku

  • Kashima Jinja Shrine in Shishibone has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take Sobu Express Line bound to Tokyo or Yokosuka and get off at Funabashi Sta, then transfer the line to Sobu line bound to Nakano or Mitaka ang get off at Koiwa Sta. Or Getting off Motoyawata Sta. Or take Keisei-line bound to Ueno and get off Keisei Yawata Sta. Both from Motoyawata Sta and Keisei Yawata Sta, transfer the line to Toei Shinjuku line and get off at Shinozaki Sta.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Shinagawa Sta and transfer the line to Sobu Express line bound to Narita International Airport or Chiba, and transfer the line at Ichikawa Sta to Sob line bound to Nishi Funabashi, Tsudanuma or Chiba and get off at Motoyawata Sta. Or take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Keisei Yawata Sta. Both from Motoyawata Sta and Keisei Yawata Sta, transfer the line to Toei Shinjuku line and get off at Shinozaki Sta.
  • From Akihabara Station, take Sobu line bound to Nishi Funabashi, Tsudanuma or Chiba and get off at Koiwa. Or Getting off at Motoyawata Sta. From Motoyawata Sta, transfer the line to Toei Shinjuku Line and get off at Shinozaki Sta.
  • Take 28 minute walk from both Koiwa and Shinozaki Sta.
  • Kashima Jinja Shrine 4-9-17 Shishibone, Edogawaku, Tokyo

The Landmarks near Kashima Jinja Shrine in Shishibone

Kashima Jinja Shrine in Shishibone

Kashima Jinja Shrine

It has some cute statues of Komainu and deer in it.
Shishimitsuka Shrine in Shishibone

Shishimitsuka Jinja Shrine

This shrine is a town asset telling the history of Shishibone.

Honmeisan Mitsuzoin Myokoji Temple

Honmeisan Mitsuzoin Myokoji Temple

Under Construction
Myokosan Honjoji Temple

Myokosan Honjoji Temple

Some records tell the history of Shishibone.

Enshoin in Shishibone

Kinreisan Enshoin Temple

There had been a rest station for Tokugawa Yoshimune.
Niibori Garden Park

A Walk on Niibori

There are some peaceful green zones for rest.