Hikawa shrine is located in Kawagoe city, known as "Koedo (Small Edo)", in Saitama prefecture. Since the shrine's main deity are 2 pairs of gods who are couples, Susano-no-mikoto and Kushinadahime-no-mikoto, Ashinazuchi-no-mikoto and Tenazuchi-no-mikoto, it is known as a deity of "En-musubi (matchmaking)". Onamuchi-no-mikoto, who is known as a deity of matchmaking in Izumo-taisha shrine, is also deified and since these 5 gods are family, the Hikawa shrine is also worshipped as a deity of the well-being of the family and couple harmony.
Hikawa shrine is said to be founded during the Kofun period in 541. After Kawagoe castle was built nearby in 1457, it has long been worshipped as a tutelary deity of the castle town. Kawagoe Hikawa Festival also known as "Kawagoe Festival" is the "Reitaisai (an annual festival of the shrine)" of Hikawa shrine.
There are more than 200 Hikawa shrines based on the cult of Hikawa around Tokyo and Saitama, and the Hikawa shrine in Omiya, known as the grand head shrine of Hikawa shrines, is especially famous. In order to separate it from these shrines, it is often called Kawagoe Hikawa shrine.
"En-musubi furin" is held every summer from 2014. A "furin" is a traditional wind chime or wind bell. About 2000 "furin"s with strips of wood with wishes written on are hung throughout the shrine.
"En-musubi Furin" this year (2018) is held from Jul. 7th to Sep. 9th.
A visit to Hikawa shrine, where you can hear the sound of the wind carrying peoples wishes.