History[change | change source]
The shrine was established before the 10th century. This place is special to the kami named Isonotakeru no mikoto (五十猛命). Isonotakeru is said to have taught people shipbuilding and how to use ships.
Each year in late-April, horseback archery (yabusame) takes place at the branch Hachimangū of Watatsu Shrine in the town of Hamochi.
In the modern system of ranked Shinto Shrines, Watatsu was listed among the 3rd class of nationally significant shrines or Kokuhei Shōsha (国幣小社).
References[change | change source]
- VisitSado.com, Watatsu Shrine; retrieved 2012-11-6.
- Sado Travel Guide, Hamochi; 佐渡市 観光課 観光振興係 (Sado Tourism Promotion), 佐渡一ノ宮度津神社 (Sado Ichinomiya Shrine); excerpt, 度津神社の由緒は「延喜式」神名帳（927年）に記載されている神社を式内社と言い、当時佐渡の国には九社あり; retrieved 2012-11-6.
- Pickens, Stuart D. B. (2004). Sourcebook in Shinto: Selected Documents, p. 372.
- Kotodamaya.com, "Watatsu Jinja"; retrieved 2012-11-6.
- "Yabusame shinji," Encyclopedia of Shinto; retrieved 2012-11-6.
- "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 2; retrieved 2012-3-13.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Watatsu-jinja at Wikimedia Commons