Narukoten Shrine is said to have been founded in 903 and its object of worship is Michizane Sugawara. Although, it is usually said that Yoritomo Minamoto established the shrine in 1197, it is still unclear who really built it. It was moved to where it is today in 1661 and became the local shrine that protects Kashiwagi and Naruko district.
Beside the shrine, there are seven "Chikaraishi", Shinjuku's cultural property. In the Autamn festival, young villagers used to lift a heavy stone to see who the strongest one was. So on the surface of the stone, the names of people who lifted heavy stones and how heavy they were are inscribed.
In addition, there is "Fujizuka", which is registered as Shinjuku's historic spot, inside the shrine. There used be a small mound called "Tenjinzan" and it was remodeled as Fujizuka in 1920. There used to be an religious organization "Marufuji Naruko Kou" where group of people worshiped the shrine, but they stopped their activity today.
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