Atsuta Shrine (熱田神宮, Atsuta Jingū) is one of Shinto's most important shrines. It enshrines the Sun Goddess Amaterasu and stores the sacred sword Kusanagi, which is one of the three imperial regalia. Note, however, that the sword is never displayed to the public.
Atsuta Shrine stands in a pleasant, wooded park in southern Nagoya. During the Meiji Period, the shrine's buildings was remodeled after the Ise Shrines in the purely Japanese Shinmei-zukuri architecture style.
Visitors can learn more about the shrine's relation to swords at the Kusanagi-kan, a museum that was newly opened in 2021. The interestingly designed museum hall exhibits over a dozen historical swords of various sizes out of the shrine's large collection and also let's visitors lift some sample swords in a hands-on corner.
In addition to the Kusanagi-kan and not far from it, there is also a more old-fashioned treasure house with more swords and other shrine-related documents and objects on display.
A pleasant thing to round off the visit is to try the shrine's version of kishimen noodles, one of Nagoya's local specialties. A restaurant serving the noodle soup dish is found next to the Kusanagi-kan.
Getting there and around
By Meitetsu Railway
Take the Meitetsu Nagoya Line from Nagoya Station to Jingumae Station (5 minutes, 230 yen), from where the shrine can be reached in a three minute walk.
Atsuta Jingu Nishi Station on the Subway Meijo Line is a five minute walk from the shrine.
By Japan Railways (JR)
Take the JR Tokaido Line from Nagoya Station to Atsuta Station (6 minutes, 190 yen), from where it is a ten minute walk to the shrine.
Hours and Fees
800 yen (Kusanagi-kan and treasure house)
Questions? Ask in our forum.
Links and Resources
Hotels around Nagoya
The Tower Hotel NagoyaFeaturing a fitness centre, a restaurant as well as a bar, The Tower Hotel Nagoya is located in the centre of Nagoya, 200 metres from Oasis 21. This 5-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, a concierge service and free WiFi. Guests can have a drink at the snack bar. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a wardrobe, a coffee machine, a fridge, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. The rooms have a kettle, while some rooms are equipped with a kitchen with a stovetop. At The Tower Hotel Nagoya each room is equipped with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Nagoya Castle is 2.7 km from The Tower Hotel Nagoya, while Nagoya Station is 3 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 10 km from the hotel.View on Booking.com
Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky TowerLocated at 13-minute walk from Nagoya Station, Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower offers free WiFi throughout the hotel. Shared parking is available on site for a fee. The 24 hour front desk offers free luggage storage service as well as concierge service for guests' convenience. This hotel features a fitness centre and business centre on site, while currency exchange service is offered at this property. There is a designated smoking area. Guests can relax with a massage service for a fee. All rooms have a TV, fridge and coffee machine. Guests will find nightwear and electric sockets near the bed. A closet is fitted in each room as well as a safety deposit box and iron. Private bathrooms are equipped with a bathrobe, hairdryer, and free toiletries. Extras include toothbrushes and slippers. Items for rent includes trouser press and DVD players. A bar and restaurant are available on site. Guests can find drinks at vending machine at this hotel. A variety of restaurants and cafes are accessible within a 10-minute walk from this hotel. Nagoya Castle is a 15-minute car ride away from Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower. Nippon Gaishi Hall is 35 minutes by train. Chubu Airport is 45 minutes by train from this hotel.View on Booking.com
GRAND BASE Nagoya EkinishiLocated in the centre of Nagoya, 1.2 km from Nagoya Station and 3.6 km from Oasis 21, GRAND BASE Nagoya Ekinishi provides accommodation with free WiFi. The accommodation has a hot tub. Every unit features a private bathroom and bidet, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a fridge. A microwave and kettle are also provided. Nagoya Castle is 4.3 km from the aparthotel, while Aeon Mall Atsuta is 6.5 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 13 km from GRAND BASE Nagoya Ekinishi.View on Booking.com
Nikko Style NagoyaLocated in Nagoya, 1 km from Nagoya Station, Nikko Style Nagoya provides accommodation with a fitness centre, private parking, a restaurant and a bar. Located around 1.9 km from Oasis 21, the hotel with free WiFi is also 3.2 km away from Nagoya Castle. The accommodation features nightclub and a 24-hour front desk. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. Guest rooms include a wardrobe. Guests at Nikko Style Nagoya can enjoy a buffet or an American breakfast. Aeon Mall Atsuta is 5.4 km from the accommodation, while Nippon Gaishi Hall is 10 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 12 km from Nikko Style Nagoya.View on Booking.com
GRAND BASE OsuGRAND BASE Osu is set in the Naka Ward district of Nagoya, 1.7 km from Oasis 21 and 2.6 km from Nagoya Station. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. Every unit has a private bathroom and bidet, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a fridge. A microwave and kettle are also offered. Nagoya Castle is 3.8 km from the aparthotel, while Aeon Mall Atsuta is 4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 12 km from GRAND BASE Osu.View on Booking.com
Trip & Sleep HostelFeaturing 1-star accommodation, Trip & Sleep Hostel is set in Nagoya, 1.8 km from Oasis 21 and 3 km from Nagoya Station. Featuring a shared lounge, the 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. The units feature bed linen. Aeon Mall Atsuta is 3.9 km from the hostel, while Nagoya Castle is 4.1 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 12 km from Trip & Sleep Hostel.View on Booking.com
LAMP LIGHT BOOKS HOTEL nagoyaOffering free WiFi, LAMP LIGHT BOOKS HOTEL nagoya is located a 3-minute walk from Exit 10 of Fushimi Subway Station. The property is 1.4 km from Oasis 21 and 1.8 km from Nagoya Castle. The ground floor features a 24-hour bookstore and cafe for guests to enjoy. All units are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, electric kettle, a high-tech toilet, free toiletries and a desk. The rooms include air conditioning, and some units at the economy hotel have a balcony. Each room features an armchair with a footrest. Private bathrooms feature a hairdryer, toothbrushes and free toiletries. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Coin-operated washing machines are available. Guests can enjoy breakfast at the on-site cafe or in their room. Nippon Gaishi Hall is 9 km from LAMP LIGHT BOOKS HOTEL nagoya, while Nagoya Congress Center is 4.2 km away. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 35 km from the accommodation.View on Booking.com
hotel androoms Nagoya SakaeHotel androoms Nagoya Sakae is located in Nagoya. The property is around 700 metres from Oasis 21 and a 10-minute drive or 15-minute walk from Nagoya Castle. Free WiFi is at guest's disposal. Guests can find a bakery on the ground floor, featuring breakfast delivery to the room upon request. Public baths is available on the top floor. Hisayaodori Station (Exit 2A) is just a 5-minute walk away from the hotel. The units in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The private bathroom comes with a bath and free toiletries. All rooms at hotel androoms Nagoya Sakae include air conditioning and a desk. 24-hour front desk assistance is available at the reception, where staff speak English and Japanese. Coin-operated washing machines are available. Iron and trouser press rentals are available upon request. Nippon Gaishi Hall is 9 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 36 km from the property.View on Booking.com
Nagoya Marriott Associa HotelDirectly connected to JR Nagoya Station, the Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel offers an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre with workout machines at a charge, 8 restaurants and free WiFi. A Thermarium sauna facility is available on site. Massage treatments are available at a charge. Rising high above Nagoya Station, the Marriott Associa offers rooms with sweeping city views. They are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar and a personal safe. The attached bathroom offers toiletries and a hairdryer, while complimentary green tea is provided. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, and it offers dry cleaning services and a business centre with charged facilities. Guests will find paid parking on site. Restaurant Mikuni Nagoya serves authentic French cuisine, while offering panoramic metropolitan views from the 52nd floor. Japanese Kyoto specialities can be enjoyed at restaurant Tsuruya. Associa Nagoya Marriott Hotel is located within a 10-minute drive from Nagoya Castle. Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art is an 8-minute train ride away, while Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology is 2 minutes by express train. Nagoya Centair Airport can be reached via a 30-minute express train ride.View on Booking.com
N HotelFeaturing 3-star accommodation, N Hotel is situated in Nagoya, 3.5 km from Aeon Mall Atsuta and 3.9 km from Oasis 21. This 3-star hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is located 2.8 km from Nagoya Station. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. Guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. N Hotel offers 3-star accommodation with a hot tub. Nagoya Castle is 4.9 km from the accommodation, while Nippon Gaishi Hall is 8 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 14 km from N Hotel.View on Booking.com