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Learn about one of the most powerful clans of Japan’s Warring States period at Takeda Shrine

By Elizabeth Sok

Located in Yamanashi Prefecture’s Kofu City, Takeda Shrine was built in the early 20th century but has much deeper historical roots. For a mix of shrine architecture and Yamanashi’s history, head to Takeda Shrine.

The Takeda Clan

The Takeda clan were a significant family from the Heian period until the late 1500s. Ruling over Kai province, the historical name of Yamanashi prefecture, the Takeda clan is most famous for Takeda Shingen. Known as a formidable military tactician during the warring states period, he was feared for his use of cavalry in battle. The clan ultimately fell into decline, especially following their defeat at the hands of Oda Nobunaga, considered the first Great Unifier in Japanese history.

Shrine Background

Look for the various power spots on the shrine grounds. Image: PIXTA/ かぜのたみ

Takeda Shrine was constructed on the former residence of the Takeda family. In addition to the main hall, the complex has elements of the historical residence, including the moats and defensive walls. The shrine also has several spots that are said to bring good luck. The sacred trident pine tree grows with bundles of three golden needles. If you manage to pick them up, legend says they can bring good financial fortune.

The Princess Well attracts visitors to be looking for its sacred waters. The well is considered a power spot, a site believed to have strong spiritual energy. To dig deeper in the history of the Takeda clan, check out the treasure house which contains several historical artifacts including personal belongings and swords and armor used by the family.

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