Entsuji was established by Kobo-daishi/ Kuukai (external link) in the Kojin era (810-824)
and an image of Juuichimen-Kannon (lit. eleven headed Kannon) carved by him was enshrined.
In 1391, Owari family, a kuni-no-miyatsuko (a local officer who concered rituals),
established Jingu-ji (a combined temple of Shinto and Buddhism) and named it Entsu-ji which belonged Soto School.
When you stand at the gate, the left building is Entsu-ji (temple) and the right is Akibasan (shrine).
|Samba-seki||Flags of Akibasan-Sanjakubo-Daigongen
|It is said that the gong in the center represents female &
the bells, male. This maybe came from folk belief.
In the past time, especially poor farmers needed many
children as labor forces. Tagata Shrine
|Hiwatari-shinji. Amazing !
The first shugendo is running on the fire !
The most popular shinto ritual of this shrine is "Hiwatari Shinji" which
held on December 16th of each year.
The tutelary deity of Akibasan-Entsu-ji temple, Akibasan Sanjaku-bo Daigongen, is believed to protect people from fire,
and many Shugendo or mountain priests gathered from all over Japan walk over smoldering firewood barefoot..
I think this is a must to see.
Since 1963, Izutsu Stable (Izutsu-beya), one of the Sumo stables,
has been stayed here during Nagoya Tornament (Nagoya Basho) period.
(Maybe from the middle of June to the middle of July)
3-15, Jingu Ni-chome, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya
Get off at Tenma-cho sta. on the subway Meijo line.
Take exit 1