Samukawa-jinja Shrine was called “Ichi-no-miya in Sagami Province” and boasts a history of about 1,600 years. It enshrines the unique guardian deity who presides over Happo-yoke in Japan. From ancient times, Samukawa-jinja Shrine has been worshiped by a wide variety of people in various social classes from court nobles, warriors such as Minamoto-no-Yoritomo, Takeda Shingen, and the Tokugawa clan to private citizens. At present, many people come from all over Japan to receive the divine virtues of “Happo-yoke.”
The two deities of “Samukawahiko-no-mikoto” and “Samukawahime-no-mikoto” are enshrined at the Samukawa-jinja Shrine. They are generally called Samukawa-Daimyojin.
According to the record, Samukawa-jinja Shrine has a history of more than 1600 years as it was founded during the Era of the Emperor Yuryaku (456 – 479). The shrine building was built in the 4th year of Jinki Era (727).
Since ancient times Samukawa-jinja Shrine has been well known for enshrining a unique guardian deity who presides over Happo-yoke. This deity removes evil and misfortune, invites happiness and prosperity, and bestows benefits upon the people.
Samukawa-jinja Shrine is located in a forest with a wealth of nature through which the clear streams flowdown from the sacred Mt. Fuji.
The garden where the sacred spring called “Nanba-no-koike” is. It is also known for being deeply related to the origin of Samukawa-jinja Shrine, within which it is centrally located.
* Only visitors who have received prayer services are permitted to enter.