Approach toTakeda Shrine Gate.
Inside of main hall.
Back side of main hall.
Map of Takeda Shrine.
Takeda Shingen (1521-1573) was a famous warrior in Sengoku-jidai (civil war era).
He was the ruler of Kai (old name of Yamanashi)
Red area was his territory at that time.
His father Takeda Nobutora started to live Tsutsujigasaki (Now place of Takeda Shrine) in 1519.
His son Katsuyori lived this place.
Three generations of Takeda clan lived here and ruled Kai for 63 years.
Takeda Shrine was established in 1919 at the site of Tsutsujigaski.
Takeda Shingen is enshrined as a deity at this shrine.
There are moat, stonewalls, and old well still preserved as the original shape.
There is a small museum inside the shrine that stores the Yoshioka Hitomoji, which is a Japanese sword designated as National Cultural Property, and also Takeda Shingen’s armor and fan.
Now Takeda Shrine is registered National Historical Site.
Every year they have a festival on April 12, which is the day Takeda Shingen died.
The portable shrine is carried from Yuki Park (Outamachi Park), which is four kilometers away from the shrine.
Torii (Shrine Gate) is the entrance to a sacred space.
You should bow once at the Torii.
and enter the precinct.
You should walk on the side of the path. Never walk on the middle which is believed the path left for god.
In the precinct you can find the Chozuya (The Water Purification Basin) or Temizuya 手水舎 .
The Chozuya is a Shinto symbolic purification facility found at basically every shrine in Japan.
1:Scoop up water in a ladle with your right hand .
2:Pour water over your left hand.
3:Switch hands with the ladle.
4:Pour water over your right hand.
5:Switch hands with the ladle again.
6:Make a cup with your left hand.
7:Pour water in your left hand cup.
8:Rinse your mouth using water in your left hand cup.(don’t drink and gargle) and spit it out on the ground.
9:Tip the ladle up vertically, so that left of water flows down, cleaning the handle.
10:Put it back to the original place.
※You should do all process only one cup of water.
1:Take off your hat and sunglasses.
2: Throw your coin in to offertory box.
※If you don’t have coin you should throw. You can pass this process.Heart is important!
3:Ring the bell.
7:bow once again.
You can buy Omikuji Ema and Omanmori.
Omamori (The amulet or lucky charm) :These are used to help specific areas, like traffic safety, business success, educational success, safe pregnancy, health, and more.
Omikuj (Fortune telling paper) :It tells your fortune and advice about various subjects such as work, examination, trip, love, etc. Omikuji are tied tree branches to improve your outcome.
Ema (votive picture tablet ):You write your feeling of wishes and thankfulness for God and hang it in a shrine.
Noh play and a lot of event have been held here.
It’s 10 PM now. Nobody is here. It’s like a dead calm. I feel a solemn silence.
Main Gate of Takeda Srine
In the pricinct
There are so many people come to Takeda Shrine to pray for good luck for this year.
The 500th birth anniversary ceremony of Kofu will be held in 2019.
Address, 2611, Kofuchu-machi, Kofu City