Kashima Jingu

A Shrine in Ibaraki with a Hidden Legacy

Donny Kimball
13 min readOct 14, 2017

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A stone lantern outside of the main shrine hall of Kashima Jingu in Ibaraki Prefecture

And… we are off on another adventure! In this article we’ll take a look at one of my favorite hidden gems, Kashima Jingu. Much like Nagoya’s Atsuta Jingu, this ancient shrine hides a long-forgotten legacy. The shrine lays claim to roots dating to before the dawn of history. In fact, Kashima Jingu’s earliest records denote that it was founded by the legendary first emperor…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/