Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine

Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, Saitama

Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine

Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine
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5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan2,531 contributions
Aug 2021
境内の周囲は住宅地であるのに、境内は木々が生い茂っている自然豊かな神社です。武蔵国の中で最も格式の高い一宮の神社ですが、いわゆる高い格式に伴う排他的な雰囲気は無く、1時間もあれば全て周遊できる程度の境内の広さです。年末年始であれば初詣客で混雑しますが、それ以外の季節は特に神事を始めイベントでもない限り、休日でもそれほど混雑しておらず、ゆっくりと境内を散策することが出来ます。
神社そのものは大宮駅、もしくは北大宮駅から行くと近いですが、大宮駅からでも10分以上を要します。そのため、車を使って参拝する人が多く、神社の周囲にはいくつもの駐車場が完備されています。日本一参道が長い神社としても知られ、一の鳥居から2kmもあります(一の鳥居の最寄り駅は『さいたま新都心駅』です)。ウォーキングを兼ねて参拝する人も多く見られます。
境内の建物の中でとりわけ目を引くのが楼門で、鮮やかな朱色が厳格さの中にも華やかな印象を醸し出しています。大宮アルディージャの必勝祈願として、選手やサポーターが参拝することもあり、彼らのサイン入りの絵馬等、大宮アルディージャに纏わる品々が境内に点在しています。

The shrine is surrounded by a residential area, yet the precincts are lush with trees and nature. Although it's the most prestigious shrine in Musashi Province, it does not have the exclusive atmosphere that comes with high prestige, and the precincts are large enough that you can tour them all in an hour. During the year-end and New Year holidays, the shrine is crowded with New Year's visitors, but during the rest of the year, it's not so crowded even on holidays, unless there is a special event such as a Shinto ritual, and you can take a leisurely stroll around the grounds.
The shrine itself is close to Omiya Station or Kita Omiya Station, but even from Omiya Station it takes more than 10 minutes to get there. Many people visit the shrine by car, and there are many parking lots around the shrine. The approach to the shrine is also known as the longest in Japan, stretching 2 km from the first torii gate (the nearest station to the first torii gate is Saitama Shin Toshin Station). Many people come to the shrine for exercise as well.
One of the most eye-catching buildings in the precincts is the Rou-mon, with its bright vermilion color creating a gorgeous impression. The players and supporters of Omiya Ardija often visit the shrine to pray for the team's victory, and there are many Omiya Ardija-related items scattered around the precincts, including votive plaques signed by the players.
Written 24 August 2021
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LizzyHo
Singapore, Singapore293 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Since we’re staying in Omiya over New Year, we decided to follow what the locals do, visiting the shrine! It wasn’t difficult to find especially all we need to do was just to follow the human flow.

As we near the shrine, there are rows of stalls leading up to the entrance, mainly selling food. Because of the crowd, we just had a quick walk through the compound and left.
Written 11 January 2020
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Marguerita T
Singapore, Singapore236 contributions
Nov 2019
In the midst of a concrete Omiya, embarking on the 2km, tranquil tree-lined route towards Hikawa Shrine was truly a lovely journey of peace and reflection. And in autumn in late Nov, the tree colors were a sight to behold. Two tori gates marked the head and end of the route. The shrine complex is huge but understated. There's a water trough upfront for visitors to "purify" oneself before entering the compound) You can get instructions at the tourist booth at Omiya mall when you come out of the train station. An extra perk for us was that many families were celebrating the 753 festival in which 5yro boys and 3 & 7yro girls were dressed in their formal kimono best to celebrate their rte of passage.
Written 7 December 2019
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Mark T
Houston, TX412 contributions
Nov 2019
It is located far from Omiya station(1.6km, 1 mile) .If you can, please walk to the shrine.You can see very vibrant streets.After a couple of blocks, it is very quiet and holy approach to the shrine.You can see two torii gates.Then,you will meet main shrine.You may throw some Japanese coins and pray.If you are in the Omiya area, please visit here.
Written 7 November 2019
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Novia Andriyani
Jakarta, Indonesia194 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
Omiya hikawa jinja is the greatest Hikawa jinja in Kanto area.

the complex of this shrine is absolutely cool. start from big tori (gate) and small way with a lot of trees. it looks like you visited Meiji Jingu in Tokyo.
if you have some free time, you can visit Omiya park which placed behind the shrine
Written 10 May 2019
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kaz L
Saitama, Japan92 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
nice to walk the longest promenade to the shrine with so old trees. There are always fun to enjoy even you do not like Shintoism. Last time excellent chrysanthemum pots were displayed, sometimes you would watch see the Japanese old customs, life events, like parents pray for their baby and children's happiness, wellness.  
Written 1 January 2019
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Michelle C
San Diego, CA449 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
We arrived here early via Kita Omiya Station and traversing Omiya Park. Temple is in a flat setting. They have a temple office where they allow you to watch them do calligraphy in temple stamp book for 500 yen. However if you approach from Higawa Ryokuchi Park for a longer walk the payoff is even better. This attraction has parking. Seems to open earlier than 9am in the summer, as a lot of people were out and about.
Written 13 August 2018
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JugemJugem
386 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
Hikawa Shrine is said to have a history of more than 2400 years and is one of the oldest shrines in Japan which also became the origin of the place name of Omiya as a "great shrine". Hikawa Shrine gathers faith in the Kanto region as Musashi Ichinomiya (means "top shrine of Musashi"), and the New Year's Shrine is crowded with many visitors.
Musashi was a former province of Japan, which today comprises Tokyo Metropolis, most of Saitama Prefecture and part of Kanagawa Prefecture.

Shrines with the name of Hikawa Shrine counts in Omiya, Saitama, Tokyo, Kanagawa prefecture, and its number is 280 members.
The approach of Hikawa Shrine extends 2 km north and south from the Nakasendo, and there are beautiful zelkova trees lined on both sides.
The Nakasendo was one of the five main routes of the Edo period, and one of the two that connected Edo (modern-day Tokyo) to Kyoto in Japan.

The Torii of Hikawa Shrine has first Torii gate, second Torii, and third Torii in the approach road called Omotesando. The largest one is second torii, and the former is a Torii which was the big Torii of Meiji Jingu Shrine.
A Torii is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a shrine.
Written 24 March 2018
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pangpipo
Bangkok, Thailand178 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
peaceful place for couple and good stuff for loving belief. คู่รักที่อยากไปขอให้มีความสัมพันธ์ที่ยืนยาวกันไปนานๆแนะนำที่นี่ค่ะ บรรยากาศดี ดูสงบเงียบและโรแมนติกขลังไปอีกแบบ
Written 18 July 2017
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Shevarsovie
Cancun, Mexico4 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
Very quiet and not crowded place (only on weekend more people) , not must see but if you are nearby you should see it
Written 30 April 2017
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