Kasuga Shrine|Main Sanctuary ③

Ushirodono Kakusha-sampaijo~Fujinami-no-ya Hall


Ushirodono Kakusha-sampaijo(後殿各社参拝所)

”This gate has been opened for the first time in these 140 years and now you can come and visit the sub-altars of deities against evils.”

11. Sagun Shrine (佐軍神社)

Futunomitama no okami (布都御魂大神):It is a same deity as the Ishigami Shrine in Tenri city, Nara. He has the great spiritual power for the national peace. The god who deters disaster and cuts off the cause and evil relationship.

12. Sugimoto Shrine (杉本神社)

Oyamakui no kami (大山咋神):As he is the god who protect mountains, it is believed that he protects the safety of people living in high-rise apartments such as those living in high-rise apartments and those working in high-rise buildings.

13. Kaimoto Shrine (海本神社)

Omononushi no kami (大物主神):A god of water fortune, a god of rich harvest and protection for food safety.
* Same deity as in Omiwa Shrine and Yamato Shrine in Sakurai city. A god of Agriculture.

14. Kurikara Shrine (栗柄神社)

Hosuseri no mikoto (火酢芹命):A god who guards the gate Monko (doorway) and has a strong faith as a god of warding off calamities.

15. Hachirai Shrine (八雷神社)

Hachirai okami(八雷大神):He is a god of thunder, who brings happiness to people through the power of electricity (telephone, communication, electricity). he also has a high power of lightning protection and there are strong faith from the people in electrical works.

Fujinami-no-ya Hall (藤浪之屋)

The festival called Mantoro(万灯籠) which all 3000 lanterns in Kasuga Shrine will be lighted up, are held 3 times in year, one in Feb, and two in the mid of Aug. You will have a view like this in Fujinami-no-ya Hall on the Mantoro festival day.
The hall is now open to the public and houses many hanging lanterns which are lit, so that visitors can experience the mystic atmosphere created by their flickering light as like you are on Matoro Festival days.

Fujinaminoya Hall reproduce Mantoro Festival

Treasure House (宝庫(Houko))

The log building, built in the “azekura” style, is painted in vermilion and stands facing east. It stores treasured items (mirrors, swords, spearheads, bows and arrows, etc.) that are used to adorn the Main Sanctuary for the Kasuga Festival in March, and its door is usually closed with a seal.


Seijo Gate (清浄門) Naishimon Gate (内侍門) 

Seijo Gate: located at the middle of the west cloister, is the main gate used by shrine priests, but it was once called “Sojo (meaning Buddhist priest) Gate” and was used by the priests of Kofukuji Temple, as well.

Naishi Gate : Naishiden was once a building for the “naishi” court ladies who served in the shrine. 

Naishiden (内侍殿)

Naoraiden (直会殿)

The eastern 2 bays are the main part of the hall, where the “Naorai” ceremony for imperial representatives is held during the Kasuga Festival.

Photos taken from exit next to Heiden


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