Suwa Shrine

The Suwa Shrine in Sengokuhara is a village shrine dating back to 1672 whose annual festival is held on March 17 and Yutate Kagura (lion dance) is held on March 27th. The shrine is located next to Choanji Temple. It is said that if you are bathed in the hot water emitted by the lion during the ceremony, you will have good health for the year. This shrine is located at the foot of Mount Kintoki, famous for the legend of Kintaro.


The deity of the shrine, Tateminakata-no-mikoto, is also mentioned in the Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters) as the god of wind, rain, and water, and is widely revered as the main deity of Suwa Taisha Shrine (Nagano Prefecture). As the main deity of Suwa-taisha Shrine (Nagano Prefecture), he is widely revered. In particular, he is revered as the god of war, as shown by the strong faith of the warlord Takeda Shingen (1521-1573). Takeda Shingen was a powerful daimyo from the Kai Province (modern day Kofu, Yamanashi). During the Warring States period his battles with the Hojo Clan of Odawara brought him to the area and the foundation of these shrines are connected to his reverence of the god of war.

According to the “Kagami of Sengokuhara Village in Western Soshu”, the shrine was established in 1672 and in 1873 it was designated as a village shrine.