Kashima-jingu is believed to have been built in the year 660. Enshrined here is Takemikazuchi-no-Okami, the god of thunder. Takemikazuchi-no-Okami was worshipped at that time as the deity who safeguarded the military power of the government, and as the god of war. He was fervently worshipped when the government which was centered around the western part of the Japanese archipelago spread its influence into the east.The two-storied gate, painted a brilliant vermilion, is considered one of the three great two-storied gates in Japan. As is fitting for a shrine dedicated to the god of war, contained here is the oldest straight sword in Japan. Designated as a National Treasure, this straight sword was produced between the 5th century and the beginning of the Heian Period. It is distinguished from subsequent Japanese swords, which have curved blades.
Address: 2306-1 Kyuchu, Kashima-shi, Ibaraki
Admission Fee: Free in the shrine precincts
[Walk]JR Kashima-jingu Stn./10-min. walk