Kashima is an important port in the Honshu Island in eastern Japan, located at a distance of a few hours from the capital, Tokyo. Kashima was officially incorporated as a city in 1995 and has an area of 92.96 sq km.
The City has hosted a Football World Cup Match in 2002. Kashima has one of the most important shrines in all of Japan, Kashima Jingu Shrine , where the Kenjutsu, or Japanese swordplay is said to have been originated from. Kashima is also famous as the home of the Japanese soccer legends, the Kashima Antlers . The local soccer stadium and the Antlers' Clubhouse are both popular draws for the many sports enthusiasts visiting Kashima. Kashima is a major industrial area with 1500 factories.
Some of the Local Attractions in Kashima :-
- The Kashima Jingu Shrine established in 660 B.C and is said to have been the place of origin for Kenjutsu or Japanese Swordplay. The shrine is dedicated to Takemikazuchino Ohkami, who is the god of war and martial arts. The shrine has an elaborately hand painted gateway. The inner sanctum has a sacred Shintai or soul of God and is considered an important national asset.
- The Kashima Soccer Stadium hosted an important match in the 2002 World Cup Football event. The stadium seats around 15000 people and is one of the best equipped stadiums in all of Japan. Most of the local matches of the Kashima Antlers are also played at this stadium.
- The Kashima Sports Center is a large auditorium in the center of Kashima. With a seating capacity of 2002, the Sports Center has got facilities for Judo matches, a special Kendo Hall for fencing matches and a Kyudo field for Archery competitions.
- The Ohno Shiosai Hamanasu Park has an observatory which offers a fabulous view of Kashima City. The park also has a Planetarium and the Museums of Local History and Art are located close by. Children will enjoy the jumbo slide and the Karakuri Dokei or trick clock.
- The Kashima Castle in the Kashima Shiroyama Park is also a tourist attraction. The Park also hosts the Cherry Blossom Festival every spring.
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Last Updated on: December 12th, 2017