Funabashi Daijingu
Funabashi Daijingu
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80 reviews
Very good

Marc T
Coventry, UK61 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Beautiful arrangement of shrines located in central Funabashi near the old lighthouse, we had a pleasant and peaceful walk through ,i noted there is a small arena also for young Sumo wrestlers.The shrines are quite old and on my visit there were families bringing their children to be blessed for their coming of age, the children were dressed in beautiful Kimonos posing for photos with their parents.It all looked very grand among the autumn leaves
Written 29 November 2018
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Funabashi, Japan1,159 contributions
Nov 2017
A friend from Vietnam visited Japan and had lunch at Face building on Monday, November 27. After lunch we walked to Funabashi Daijingu where we enjoyed autumn leaves as well as shrines.
Written 4 December 2017
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Funabashi, Japan1,189 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
In between JR Funabashi Station and National Road 14 is a road called Honcho-doori running about two kilometers east/west. Honcho means main town. If you find a place called Honcho anywhere in Japan, it means that that area is or was the town center of the city. Travel honcho-doori to the east, and you will come up to Funabashi-Daijinguu, which must have been the eastern perimeter of Funabashi in the old days. Daijinguu means "Grand Shrine". The true name of Funabashi Daijinguu is Oohi Shrine, but is known by the locals as Daijinguu. The oldest record of the shrine is from the 9th century. There are still a handful of shops on Honcho-doori dating from the Edo era. It must have been a very busy place on the Narita kaido, especially close to Funabashi-Daijinguu. It is quite customary to find shops selling WAGASHI (Japanese sweets) and soba restaurants close to major shrines and temples. Sadly a lot of them have closed in Funabashi due to the change in times. Many in Funabashi commute to work in Tokyo, and the city has lost a lot of its past heritage and become more modernized. However, there has been little change to Funabashi-Daijinguu. Go up the steps to the shrine from Honcho-doori, and follow the route to the HONDEN (main building). On New Year’s Day, hundreds of thousands come to visit the HONDEN to pray for a good year. The main route to the HONDEN is from the south entrance just north of National Road 14, and for the first three days in January every year, temporary food and game stores open on both sides of the main route to serve the visitors. They are the same type of shops that set shop during the cherry blossom period at Ebigawa also in Funabashi. At a Shinto shrine, you will notice a thick rope with some white tape and hay hanging down. This is called SHIMENAWA. It is to protect and keep the evil spirits out of the area. The rope represents clouds, the white tape is lightning and the hay is rain. It is believed that SHIMENAWA originated from a prayer for a good harvest as can be seen from the three elements of nature desirable for a good harvest. In Sumo, the last wrestlers to be introduced are the Yokozuna champions. You will notice that they wear SHIMENAWA around their waists. Sumo also must have originated from a ritual to pray for or offer thanks to a good harvest. Off the main route to the HONDEN, you will come across a sumo bout ring. The first Tokugawa shougun Ieyasu had a villa for hawk hunting in Funabashi. It is said that in 1590 AD, more than 10 years before he became shogun, a sumo bout took place here in his presence. To date, an amateur sumo bout is held in front of the gods in October, Moving north from the sumo ring, you will notice a lighthouse atop a hill in the back of the shrine. A lighthouse served as a guide for the fishermen from the Edo era. If you are interested in Daijinguu please take a look at an article on my homepage Rediscovering Japan which tells you about a February ritual held at Daijinguu.
Written 14 October 2017
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Clive Gordon
Tokyo, Japan65 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
Funabashi Daijingu ("Funabashi Big Shrine") is a pretty big complex of buildings located just a few minutes' walk from Daijingushita Station on the Keisei Main Line. It's got nearly 2,000 years of history (although it doesn't all show), including a restored Edo Era lighthouse. Best of all you can enjoy a little peace and quiet while you're here, because Funabashi Daijingu doesn't get the huge crowds that plague some of the more touristy shrines in Tokyo. I bring visiting friends and family, and sometimes I will come alone just to hang out. You're free to use the sumo ring, too, if you have a mind to.
Written 25 August 2016
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roy v
Traralgon, Australia4,560 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Enjoyed a nice walk from Tsudanuma where we are staying to see this old Shinto Shrine with a very long history.
The biggest Shrine in Funabashi City it covers a big area and is very impressive no matter what grand gate entry way you approach it through. It is a huge complex containing the main shrine and smaller ones. All around the place there are gardens and some very old big trees which shade just about every thing so therefore quite a lot of moss is growing to give the place even more of the old world look. Some magnificent stones stand in testament to ancient times , it would be lovely to be able to read what is carved into them, what a story they would tell. There are a couple of war memorials in the grounds with lots of names on them, I presumed of the locals who lost their lives in those battles long ago. There is nothing in English to tell one a bit about the place which is a shame. Lots of grave stones about. The place looks as if it is financially well off and their is significant renovations going on at one of the smaller shrines.
An unusual item in the complex is an old lighthouse that sits on the high point and is called Tomyodai, it dates back to the Edo era and was used for many many years.
History tells us there has been a Shrine here since A.D.110.
Apparently Emperor after Emperor supported it and kept adding to it.
It is a very significant place for the community and holds a very important place in the history of the area. Well worth a visit don't miss it if your in the area.
Written 4 July 2015
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