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【2024】Introducing the goryoujinja shinjukuku! Enchanting shrine festival with archery contest and sacred talismans

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Enchanting shrine festival with archery contest and sacred talismans

Shinto shrine located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. It is dedicated to the deities Emperor Chuai, Emperor Ojin, Empress Jingu, Emperor Nintoku, and Take-mikazuchi-no-mikoto.

  • Address: 2-29-16 Nakai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 161-0035
  • Phone Number: 03-3950-4138
  • Access: 7-minute walk from Nakai Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line or Toei Oedo Line
  • Festival Days: January 13th, September 4th Saturday and Sunday, 2024
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Main Events and Attractions of the Festival

The Nakai Goryo Shrine Festival is a vibrant and lively event that offers a variety of attractions and activities for visitors of all ages. Some of the main highlights of the festival include:

Bisha Festival

The Bisha Festival is the central event of the Nakai Goryo Shrine Festival. It is held on January 13th each year and features a traditional archery contest known as “Obisha”. During the contest, participants compete to shoot arrows at a target while wearing traditional Japanese clothing. The festival also includes a parade and various other performances and activities.

Mikoshi Procession

The Mikoshi Procession is a lively and colorful event that takes place during the Nakai Goryo Shrine Festival. A mikoshi, which is a portable Shinto shrine, is carried through the streets of the neighborhood by a team of people. The procession is accompanied by music, dancing, and cheering, and it creates a festive and energetic atmosphere.

Food and Games

The Nakai Goryo Shrine Festival features a variety of food stalls and games that cater to visitors of all ages. There are traditional Japanese dishes such as yakitori, takoyaki, and okonomiyaki, as well as a variety of games and activities for children. Visitors can also purchase souvenirs and crafts from the many vendors that line the streets.

Cultural Performances

The Nakai Goryo Shrine Festival also features a variety of cultural performances, including traditional Japanese music, dance, and theater. These performances provide a glimpse into Japanese culture and history and add to the festive atmosphere of the festival.

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Blessings and Deities

The Nakai Goryo Shrine is dedicated to five deities: Emperor Chuai, Emperor Ojin, Empress Jingu, Emperor Nintoku, and Take-mikazuchi-no-mikoto. These deities are believed to bestow various blessings upon worshippers, including:

  • Safe childbirth and easy labor for pregnant women
  • Good health and longevity
  • Success in business and career
  • Protection from evil spirits and misfortune
  • Abundant harvests and good fortune

Origin and History

The exact origins of the Nakai Goryo Shrine are unknown, but it is believed to have been founded sometime during the Heian period (794-1185). The shrine was originally known as the Goryo Shrine, and it was dedicated to the five deities mentioned above. In the 17th century, the shrine was renamed the Nakai Goryo Shrine, and it was moved to its current location.

Tips and Notes for Visitors

Here are some tips and notes for visitors to the Nakai Goryo Shrine:

  • The shrine is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • Admission to the shrine is free.
  • Visitors are expected to dress and behave respectfully while visiting the shrine.
  • Photography is permitted within the shrine grounds, but please be respectful of other visitors and avoid taking photos during ceremonies or rituals.
  • The shrine offers a variety of amulets and talismans that are believed to bring good luck and protection. These can be purchased at the shrine office.

Parking Information

There is limited parking available at the Nakai Goryo Shrine. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation or park in nearby parking lots.

Popular Stalls and Food Carts in Recent Years

 

Type of StallDescription
TakoyakiA staple at Japanese festivals. Characterized by a crispy outside and a creamy inside.
Jaga ButterA simple yet popular snack of hot potatoes lavishly topped with melted butter.
Baby CastellaSmall castella cakes, sweet and fluffy treats enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Grilled Ayu with SaltFresh ayu fish grilled whole with salt, a savory taste of Japanese summer.
ShaapinA unique gourmet item influenced by foreign cuisine, with a chewy skin wrapping the filling.
OkonomiyakiA Japanese grilled dish where you often choose your own ingredients for a personalized flavor.
Cotton CandyA fluffy, sweet snack that’s extremely popular with children.
Chocolate BananaA banana coated in chocolate, a fun and visually appealing dessert.
KushiyakiVarious types of ingredients skewered and grilled, an easy-to-enjoy snack.
YakisobaFried noodles mixed with a special sauce, a fast food favorite in Japan.