Hikawa Shrine



HIKAWA SHRINE 武蔵一之宮 氷川神社
OPEN HOURS: Mon - Sun, 8:00 - 17:00
ADDRESS: 2-11-3 Miyashitamachi, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama
TEL: +81 49 224 0589

Hikawa Shrine is a famous shrine in Kawagoe, Saitama known for worshipping deities related to fate and destiny, or more specifically known in Japanese as enmusubi (縁結び.) Every shrine has a deity or group of deities that they celebrate and since Hikawa Shrine houses the God of relationships, many weddings take place here for good omen. It is said that this place was established 1500 years ago, and the gods commemorated here found around the year 541. The shrine also hosts one of the three great Kanto area matsuri summer festivals. The Kawagoe Hikawa Matsuri is coined as Japan’s Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property, and it is a nationally recognized event. Moreover, the shrine itself is very small and quaint but has lots to see in and around the area. Over the summer, there is a tunnel of glass wind chimes with wishes written and dangling. The cool, light, high pitched chimes flowing with the wind definitely adds to the summer atmosphere of Hikawa Shrine. Take a break and have a moment in peace during your adventures!