“Dragon” in Goryu Shrine, Saga City 33km

五龍神社の龍(佐賀県佐賀市)のGPSアート

GPS art of a dragon drawn at one of Saga Prefecture’s most popular Hatsumode spot🐉✨

This GPS art course allows visitors to draw the Chinese character for “dragon (龍),” the animal of the Chinese zodiac, around Goryu Shrine, a Hatsumode (New Year’s visit) spot in Saga Prefecture that has a connection with dragons.
Goryu Shrine in Saga City, Saga Prefecture, enshrines Amaterasu, Emperor Nintoku, and Sugawara no Michizane. The deity of the sea child (dragon god) is also enshrined, and is believed to be the guardian deity of a good harvest, prosperous business, safe transportation and navigation, safe delivery, and the removal of various disasters. It is believed that dragons have been used as motifs in shrines because dragon deities have long been worshipped as water gods in Japan.
In the early Edo period (1603-1867), the feudal lord Naoshige Nabeshima worshipped at the shrine intimately, and the shrine prospered.
Although it is a popular spot for worshippers, it is expected to be very crowded in 2024, the year of the dragon. Please try to visit as a New Year’s visit to avoid the density🐉✨

五龍神社の境内
Source: Historical Cultural Archives of Saga.

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