Tsubaki Grand Shrine

Tsubaki Grand Shrine © Iry

About the Tsubaki Grand Shrine

The Tsubaki Grand Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture. The shrine is dedicated to Sarutahiko-no-okami and so it is sometimes called Sarutahiko-daihon-gu. According to their own records they are the oldest shrine in Japan, having been founded in the year 3 BCE.

Aside from the main building, there is an ancient object of faith on the premises: a rock called "Mifune Iwakura". This rock is said to be the rock that the Japanese gods tied their ship to after they descended from heaven. At the back of the shrine is a waterfall called Kinryu Myojin no Taki; the water from these falls are said to be effective on all kinds of illness. The shrine also has lodging and meal facilities where you can try grass mochi and specialty chicken rice.

An interesting item of note is that Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of Panasonic, frequently visited this shrine and as a result he donated the tearoom here. The Tsubaki Grand Shrine also has a branch shrine in the United States.


From the JR or Kintetsu Yokkaichi Station, take a Mie Kotsu bus headed in the Tsubaki Daijinja (Tsubaki Grand Shrine) direction, and in about 1 hour you will arrive at the Tsubaki Daijinja bus stop. If you are visiting by car take the Higashi-Meihan Expressway to Suzuka IC and from the interchange it’s 5 minutes to the shrine. They have a 500-car free parking lot. 

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Description: Tsubaki Grand Shrine

Sights Tsubaki Grand Shrine (椿大神社)
Address 1871 Yamamotochō Suzuka-shi, Mie-ken 519-0315
Phone / Fax Phone: 059-371-1515
Duration 1Hour(s)
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Tsubaki Grand Shrine