According to text in the Sendai Kuji Hongi (Kujiki), there was an area called Chichibu Province during the reign of Emperor Sujin. Since ancient times, Chichibu-jinja has been the main Shinto shrine in the area.
In the Edo period, a pilgrimage route linked together 34 sacred sites of the old Chichibu Province
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- "Chichibu Shrine" at Sainokuni-kanko.jp Archived 2013-09-19 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2013-1-26.
- Harold Bolitho. (2003). "Tokugawa Japan's Tourist Revolution," Treasures of the Yenching: Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the Harvard-Yenching Library, p. 40.