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Dragon Legends and Traditions:The Dragon God of Masumida
History:Shrines and Temples, Treasure Hall and Museum
Good Luck and Festivals:Festival and Shinto Rituals


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Cultural Experiences(Votive Plaques, Amulet, Vermilion Seal)

The Sun Goddess, venerated since ancient times

Masumida Shrine is located in the heart of the city of Ichinomiya. The deity enshrined there is Amenoho Akari-no-mikoto, who is said to be the divine embodiment of the sun. The shrine has drawn worshippers since the Heian period as the principal shrine (ichi-no-miya) of the Owari domain. In the Kamakura period, the Emperor Juntoku dedicated many bugaku dance masks to the shrine, and in the Edo period, the Tokugawa shogunate provided 333 stones bearing seals that officially designate the shrine as a sacred area.
Also located within the grounds is Hachiryu Shrine, where the god of water is enshrined. A dragon god stone that was a sacred object at the shrine was transferred to Nittaiji Temple in Nagoya during the Meiji era, but it was later returned to Hachiryu Shrine and enshrined there once again.

Pray with a joshi-mamori talisman to increase feminine power

Since ancient times, the city of Ichinomiya has expanded in the Kiso River basin, and the town owes its development to the blessings of the river. The region was formerly dominated by paddy fields that were irrigated with water from the Kiso River, and the name “Masumida” was given to the area for the very reason that it had an abundance of clear, clean water.
Masumida Shrine, blessed by its natural environment, has numerous good luck charms. These include ceramic bells modeled on the animals of the Chinese zodiac, as well as votive plaques decorated with the zodiac animals. Charms for praying for good fortune in finance, marriage, work, examinations, childbirth, and safety are also popular with worshippers. Especially popular is the joshi-mamori talisman to increase feminine power.

The Dragon God of Masumida

The Dragon God of Masumida

One year, the whole of the Owari domain was struck by a severe drought. In response, the monk Kukai Kobo Daishi performed a rainmaking ritual that involved breathing life into a dragon made of straw. However, the dragon said that all of the dragons in the world had poured the wrath of the Dragon King into him until it overflowed, and that he was forbidden from producing even one drop of rain. Moreover, if the dragon violated this ban, he would lose his life. In reply, Kukai proposed that if the dragon were to violate the ban and sacrifice his own life, he would then be reborn as a deity and enshrined. The straw dragon accepted the proposal on the condition that he be enshrined at Masumida. Kukai then poured water from an ink stone on the earth. Suddenly the heavens were filled with black clouds, and the straw dragon flew up into the clouds. At the same time, thunder roared and torrential rains fell, causing the people to dance with joy. In the next instant, the body and limbs of the dragon fell to earth in pieces. Kukai gathered the remains into one place and held a memorial service, enshrining the dragon at Masumida Shrine, exactly as he had promised.

Masumida Jinja Shrine


1-2-1 Masumida, Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture


Access anytime for worshippers (counter open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm)


Open daily


Free of charge




By bus from JR Owari-Ichinomiya Sta. or Meitetsu Ichinomiya Sta. to either Hommachi Itchome or Hommachi-dori

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