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Three Palace Sanctuaries

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Three Palace Sanctuaries

Three Palace Sanctuaries in the Taishō era in the 1920s

The precincts of the Japanese Imperial Palace in Tokyo (Kokyo) include structures known as the Three Palace Sanctuaries or Kyūchū-sanden (宮中三殿). They are used in imperial religious ceremonies, including weddings and coronations. The three sanctuaries are:

  • Kashiko-dokoro (賢所), the central shrine, dedicated to the mythological ancestress of the Imperial Family, Amaterasu. (Since 1915, special rolling stock for the ceremonial use of the imperial family is known as Kashiko-dokoro Jōgyosha (賢所乗御車) from the name of this sanctuary.) The Sacred Jewel or Yasakani no magatama, one of the Imperial Regalia of Japan is also said to be in the Kashiko-dokoro.
  • Kōrei-den (皇霊殿), the Ancestral Spirits Sanctuary, enshrining the departed spirits of the Japanese imperial family from one year after their death.
  • Shin-den (神殿), the Sanctuary of the Kami, enshrining the Amatsukami (天津神) from Takama-ga-hara and the Kunitsukami (国津神) from Japanese religious myths.

See also


  • Article on Kyūchū sanden from the Encyclopedia of Shinto
  • Kenkyusha's New Japanese-English Dictionary, Kenkyusha Limited, ISBN 4-7674-2015-6
  • Ono, Sokyo,Shinto: The Kami Way, Charles E. Tuttle Company, Tokyo 1992, ISBN 0-8048-0525-3

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