Kashima-jinja dates back over a thousand years, although the current buildings were built less than a hundred years ago. The expansive wooded grounds contain a number of smaller shrines, as well as a dance stage.
During the Edo Period, this shrine was one of the three great shrines of suburban Edo dedicated to Sumo (the other two were Shibuya’s Hikawa Shrine and the Setagaya Hachimangu). At the same time, it was, and remains, a popular site to pray for safe travels, yet it only gets crowded at new year's and during its annual festival.
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