In 1678, Naomasa Nanbu, the second feudal lord of the Hachinohe Domain, built the Chojasan Shinra-jinja to pray for the protection of his territory. The wooden sculptures, etc., in the main hall and the hall of worship are especially representative of Edo era architecture and have been designated as prefectural treasures.
The famous Hachinohe Enburi festival begins every year on February 17. It is a traditional winter folk festival, the festivities of which officially start when a special dedicatory dance is performed at this shrine.
The Chojasan Shinra Shrine is one of the three shrines that make up the Hachinohe Sansha Taisai, or Three Shrine Festival. The festival is held every year from July 31 to August 4, during which portable shrines called 0-mikoshi are carried to the Choja Shinra Shrine from the Ogami Shrine. On August 2, the Chojasan Shinra Shrine also hosts the Kagami-style Dakyu Tournament. Dakyu is a traditional Japanese equestrian team sport that is similar to polo and there are currently only three places in Japan where it still takes place.
- 1-6-10 Choja, Hachinohe City
- By car: 20 minutes from Hachinohe Station, 15 minutes from Hachinohe Expressway Hachinohe IC
By train: 20-minute walk from JR Hachinohe Line Hon-Hachinohe Station
By Bus: Hachinohe City Bus / Nanbu Bus – a 10-minute walk from the “Nijusannichimachi” and “Jurokunichimachi” bus stops