Suwa-jinja

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Suwa-jinja information

Location
Nagasaki , Japan
Address
18-15 Kaminishiyama-machi
Getting there
Tram: Suwa-jinja-mae
Opening hours
24hr
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Situated on a forested hilltop and reached via multiple staircases, this enormous shrine was established in 1625. Around the grounds are statues of komainu (protective dogs), including the kappa-komainu (water-sprite dogs), which you pray to by dribbling water onto the plates on their heads. The gankake komainu (turntable dog) was often called on by prostitutes, who prayed that storms would arrive, forcing the sailors to stay at the port another day. Between 7 and 9 October each year, the shrine comes to life with the dragon dance of Kunchi Matsuri , Nagasaki's most important annual festival.