Shinto shrine in Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Torii at Watatsu-jinja

Watatsu-jinja (度津神社) is a Japanese Shinto shrine at Sado, Niigata, which is an island in the Sea of Japan.[1]


The shrine was established before the 10th century.[2] This place is special to the kami named Isonotakeru no mikoto (五十猛命).[3] Isonotakeru is said to have taught people shipbuilding and how to use ships.[4]

Each year in late-April, horseback archery (yabusame) takes place at the branch Hachimangū of Watatsu Shrine in the town of Hamochi.[5]

Watatsu was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of the old Sado Province on Sado Island. It serves today as one of the ichinomiya of Niigata Prefecture. [6]

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).


  1. VisitSado.com, Watatsu Shrine; retrieved 2012-11-6.
  2. 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.
  3. Pickens, Stuart D. B. (2004). Sourcebook in Shinto: Selected Documents, p. 372.
  4. Kotodamaya.com, "Watatsu Jinja"; retrieved 2012-11-6.
  5. "Yabusame shinji," Encyclopedia of Shinto; retrieved 2012-11-6.
  6. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 2; retrieved 2012-3-13.

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