Kashima Jingu Shrine is a shrine dedicated to the Shinto Kami (god) Takemikazuchi-no-Omikami one of the patron deities of martial arts.

 

 

The promotional movie shows us the sacred shrine with beautiful music and motion picture making the viewer get a feeling of the long history of Kashima Jingu.

 

 

 

What kind of place is Kashima city?

Kashima city is located in the southeastern part of Ibaraki Prefecture and in between the Pacific ocean and Wanigawa river and Kitaura. The city has been known as the town of famous shrines and is recently also known as an industrial city. Kashima city is also the home of Japanese soccer team named “Kashima Antlers” making the city known as the town of soccer. There are more historical places to view other than the shrine and beautiful nature which we will introduce in this article.
 

 

Access to Kashima city

Arriving by airplane:
Approximately 2 hours from Tokyo station Yaesu Minami exit to Kashima Jingu station by highway bus.

Arriving by train:
Approximately 2 hours 15 mins from Tokyo station to Kashima Jingu station by Kashima line.

 

 

 

A must-see spot in Kashima city

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It’s the oldest shrine in the Kanto region which was established in 660 B.C., is dedicated to the Shinto Kami (god) Takemikazuchi-no-Omikami. The oldest straight sword of Takemikazuchi-no-Omikami is displayed inside the Shrine, which is designated as the national treasure.

 

 

 

A must-eat dish in Kashima city

Clams from Kashima nada

Clams from Kashima nada are considered a gift from the Pacific ocean and the vast sandy beach. The clams are thick and have an excellent flavor. We recommend to seam it in Sake, add it to miso soup or curry or simply grill it.

 

 

 

A must-buy souvenir in Kashima city

Bokuden Sable

It’s a shortbread made with wild rice named after soldier Bokuden Tsukahara. It’s popular as a souvenir from the city.

 

 

 

The dialect in Kashima city

The dialect in Ibaraki Prefecture is called Ibaraki-ben and it belongs to the Higashi Kanto dialect. It has common words and expressions with the Tohoku dialect and the Tokyo dialect. Ibaraki-ben is spoken in Kashima city too.

 

Goshappe … irresponsible

Medo … hole

Ijiyakeru … irritated, annoyed

 

Why not visit Kashima city to feel the long history and beautiful nature of Japan?