Yahiko-jinja, in Yahiko-mura, Niigata Prefecture, is a typical example of an old shrine of this region. Enshrined here is Ameno-Kaguyama-no-Mikoto, supposed to have taught people from olden times the skills required to produce salt from seawater, as well as skills for fishing, rice cultivation, and other activities. The Shida-no-otachi is a sword with a 2.2 m blade which was given as an offering here in 1415 -- it is the longest sword in Japan and has been designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government. The sanctuary was destroyed by fire in 1912 and rebuilt in 1916. Commemorating the opening of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line (the "bullet train"), a large Shinto gateway 30 m high was built in here 1982. It has become a symbol of the town. In the shrine grounds there is also a special poultry farm in which chickens known as tomaru, designated a Natural Monument, are raised.
Address: 2887-2 Yahiko, Yahiko-mura, Niigata
Admission Fee: Free in the shrine precincts
[Walk]JR Yahiko Stn./10-min. walk