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Kawagoe Hachimangu was established in 1030 and has been worshiped as the God of Kawagoe area in Saitama Prefecture since then. It is believed to have spiritual power over matchmaking, strong legs and backs, and resolving problems. Especially, the sacred ginkgo tree planted to commemorate the birth of Heisei Emperor in 1933 is believed to have divine favor in matchmaking and worshiped by many people. Don’t forget to drop in Kawagoe Hachimangu when you come to Kawagoe area to stroll around the street that maintains the atmosphere of the period from 16th to 18th century.
- 19-3 Minamitori-machi, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama
- Contact No.
- 6 minutes' walk from the east exit of Kawagoe station on Tobu tojo line, JR Saikyo line, and Tokyo Metro Yurakucho line. 7 minutes' walk from Hon Kawagoe station on Seibu Shinjuku line.
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
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Sacred Ginkgo Tree that Grants People Their Ideal Match
There is a Ginkgo tree called Matchmaking Ginkgo Tree. One ginkgo tree was planted by the local residents while another one was planted just next to it by the Shinto priest. Two trees gradually got closer as if they snuggle against each other and finally united into one tree. It is now known as a matchmaking tree. It is believed that you will find a good match if you touch this tree and clap your hands in prayer.
Ritual to Purify People's Bodies: Chinowa Kuguri
The traditional ritual “Chinowa Kuguri” (passing through a hoop made of kaya grass) has been held since the early Edo period. During the period from June 30 to July 4, a huge hoop is hung from the tori (gate) of the shrine. This hoop is called “chinowa” which is believed to remove sins and evils and purify the bodies of the people who pass through it.
New God in High Demand: Guchikiki-sama
Kawagoe Hachimangu now has the new god called “Guchikiki-sama” (the god who listens to your complaints). The statue image of this god is the ancient official, Shotoku Taishi, who was believed to be able to understand 10 people’s stories at a time. It is very popular partly because it was introduced on a TV program. If you have any complaints or problems, how about going there and talk to “Guchikiki-sama” about them.