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Suwa Shrine

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Beautiful, peaceful shrine with significant history, & a place of respect

Parts of the Suwa Taisha shrine complex date back to the 7th century and possibly earlier. The... read more

Reviewed 24 November 2018
Yekaterinburg, Russia

We really enjoyed our visit to this famous shrine. The history is incredible and the information on... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2018
London, United Kingdom
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24 Nov 2018
“Beautiful, peaceful shrine with significant history, & a place of respect”
31 Jul 2018
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1 Nakasu Miyayama, Suwa 392-0015, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed 24 November 2018

Parts of the Suwa Taisha shrine complex date back to the 7th century and possibly earlier. The shrines honour the gods of agriculture, hunting, and fertility. There are many differing legends, myths, and folk stories of the Suwa deities. The architecturally beautiful shrine complex is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
23  Thank KodoDrummer
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to this famous shrine. The history is incredible and the information on the cedars and sumo history was interesting. We even saw the priest and a priestess performing special prayers.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank EmilyHeatherMaher
Reviewed 6 June 2018

We enjoyed this shrine very much, tranquilly located on the edge of a forest and seemingly in harmony with the grand, towering trees that surround it. It is hard to appreciate Shinto shrines if you are not Japanese, or don't have a cultural and aesthetic...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank venividivice
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Suwa Taisha has some remarkable trees that ornament the beautiful grounds. The buildings nestle in the forest, and the overall feeling is one of peace and serenity. There are lots of interesting spots, such as the memorial garden for a sumo wrestler (compare your hand...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank ArlettaC
Reviewed 15 January 2017

You feel so peaceful visiting 4 shrines in Suwa. I would advise visiting 4 and collect 4 shrine stamps (go-shu-in). Do not forget to visit "Shintsuru Honten" which is the famous long-established Japanese confectioners since 1873. Their "Shio-Yokan"(salty Yokan) is made by superior Japanese pastry...More

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Sachi F
Reviewed 26 September 2016

It is far from the railway station so you have to take a taxi .But the shrine is very nice place.You can see a big lumber used for the "Onbashira" festival which held in every 7 years.You can also see a statue of famous Sumo...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank GAIDA2014
Reviewed 29 March 2016

I visited many Japanese shrines. This Suwa Shrine (諏訪大社) was definitely an amazing and inspiring one comparing to others. I certainly enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere there, however I wanted to visit all 4 of them within 1 day, so it became kinda rush. Let me...More

Date of experience: April 2015
2  Thank edmundduck
Reviewed 3 September 2015

You can feel natural power. It is close to Suwa city. You can enjoy a day trip by visiting other spots such as Suwa lake.

Date of experience: January 2015
Thank arimasa
Reviewed 21 April 2015

Attended a traditional Shinto wedding ceremony. Scenery and serenity were wonderful despite a rainy day.

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank Louise D
Reviewed 16 July 2012 via mobile

This is a beautiful, traditional Shinto shrine dating back 1200 years. It is famous for it's festival every 8 years where hundreds of worshipers cut down a tree ride and ride it down the side of a mountain (yes, people have died doing this). You...More

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