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  • Morioka Hachimangu Shrine
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    4.0
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Hachimanchou 13-1
    Morioka Hachimangu Shrine was built in 1680 by the 29th feudal lord Shigenobu Nambu. The god enshrined here has been revered by the locals since ancient times as the god for the roots of human life which include farming, industry, commerce, learning and the other basics of life. Many people know about the various festivals held throughout the year including the Dashi-gyoji (float) Festival and Yabusame Jinji (a horseback archery ritual).

    We had the privilege of having a tea ceremony and dressing up in yukatas while visiting the shrine. It is a very spiritual and beautiful place and the ceremony and wearing of the costume was fabulous...

  • Onikoshi Sozen Shrine
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    Iwate Prefecture Takizawa City Ukai Outside Kubo
    This shrine is located approximately a 20-minute drive from the Morioka Interchange. It became devotes to the god of horses because it was a place of living together with horses under the same roof and raising horses for war, cavalry and later for agriculture after the Edo period (1603-1868). On the second Saturday of every June, a festival called Chagu Chagu Umakko is held where around 100 decorated horses parade from the shrine to Hachimangu Shrine in Morioka City. The sound of the bells of the Chagu Chagu was chosen as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan.
  • Morioka Tenmangu Shrine
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Shinjouchou 5-43
    A seven-minute walk from the Tenmangu-mae bus station, accessible by bus from Morioka Station. At this shrine located on top of a small hill in Morioka City, the god of learning—Sugawara no Michizane is worshipped. Quietly dignified amid the rich greenery, the shrine sits peacefully on a hill overlooking the town. This is a place where Takuboku Ishikawa, a famous poet used to come to read or stroll in his days as a student. The humorous komainu statues perched above a stone inscribed with lyrics written by Takuboku are a sight worth seeing. Takuboku lovingly called them “Ishiuma”, and they are said to have appeared in his novel called “Souretsu.”

    岩山公園から徒歩25分くらいでアクセスしました。 木々に囲まれている神社で、盛岡八幡宮のように有名ではないですが、 建物に木造で歴史を感じさせるパワースポット的な神社でした。

  • Shiwa Furu Inari-jinja Shrine
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    Iwate Pref. Shiwagunshiwachou Masuzawa Komori 108
    This is a quiet shrine surrounded by trees, protected by Ukanomitama no Kami, the god of “Good Fortune” and “Industry.” Originally it was called Hongu-ji Temple, and Shinto and Buddhist ascetic practice experience was carried out here until the Meiji Restoration. This shrine is rare, and in front of the main hall is Gokenzoku Shrine. In 1954 the typhoon No. 15 blew over the large sacred cedar tree. The “Gokenzoku, the mummy of a white fox” was excavated from a cavity in the fallen tree roots. It is said that wishes will come true if you ask this fox as it is transmitted to the main Inari Shrine.
  • Mitsuishi-jinja Shrine
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Nasukawachou 2-1
    Located in a corner of the Tokenji Temple of Morioka City, the Mitsuishi-jinja Shrine is a power spot said to be the origin of Iwate Prefecture’s name. It is effective for fertility, good relationships, and relief from illness. There is a legend that a god named “Mitsuishi-sama” expelled the raging Raseki demon from these lands, and made it promise never to do evil again as evidenced by its handprint left on a rock at this shrine. Every August, one of Tohoku’s big five festivals, the Sansa Odori (dance), is held here. This dance originated as a show of gratitude to this god, and the offering dance is performed within Mitsuishi-jinja Shrine’s precincts.

    This shrine is located in the temple area of Morioka, where you can visit a few temples and shrine in one go. The area is quiet and very relaxing. The Hand Print of the Demon on a stone attracted...

  • Rikuchu Ichinomiya Komagata Shrine
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    Iwate Pref. Oushushi Mizusawa-ku Nakauwanochou 1-83
    This shrine is located in Mizusawa Ward of Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture. Besides the main temple in Oshu City, it consists of Okumiya on the summit of Mt. Komagatake and Satomiya in Kanegasaki Town, Isawa County. The worshipped deities are Amaterasu Omikami, Amenotokotachi no Mikoto, Kuninosatachi no Mikoto, Akatsu no Mikoto, Okise no Mikoto and Hikoho no Mikoto, and they are collectively called the Komagata deities. In addition, the main temple is known as a winter-flowering cherry blossom spot, and is also a prefecture-designated Natural Monument.
  • Hayachine Shrine
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    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Tsukimoushichoukamitsukimoushi 19-82
    "A Shinto shrine located on the south side of Mt. Hayachine in Tsukimoushi-cho, Tono City, Iwate Prefecture. Dedicated to the goddess Seoritsu-hime, the shrine appears in the popular book ""The Legends of Tono."" The shrine was established in 807 to worship the Three Mountains of Tono, which includes Mt. Hayachine as well as Ishigami and Mt. Rokkoshi. There is also information on the Seven Kannon of Tono pilgrimage, which is said to grant happiness to those who visit the shrine and the Seven Kannon Shrines of Tono within a single day and night. Huge Japanese cedars line the approach to the shrine. A statue of Acala is enshrined in front of the main shrine building along with the ritual water cleansing basin."
  • Hayachine Shrine
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    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Ohasamamachiuchikawame 1-1
    A 50-minute drive from the Hanamaki Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway. This Shinto shrine is believed to have been established on top of Mt. Hayachine as a small hokora wayside shrine in 807 by Fujiwara no Narifusa, a descendant of politician and Fujiwara clan founder Fujiwara no Kamatari. The current main shrine building, a prefecturally-designated Tangible Cultural Property, was erected in 1612 and is an example of the architectural techniques used at the time, including a framework built around central pillars, and the carving and ornamentation around the eaves. The Hayachine kagura, a style of Shinto music and dance passed down via a shrine ritual, has been designated a National Important Intangible Folk-Cultural Property as well as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, and each year on January 3 a stirring performance is offered to the gods here.
  • Ganryu-jinja Shrine
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    Iwate Tono-shi Otomocho 33-4
    A shrine dedicated to Buddhist deity Fudoson. Fudoiwa–an enormous rock formation towering like a small mountain behind the shrine–is the principle object of worship. It has a long history and has been designated Tono Heritage Site No. 31. You reach the shrine by crossing a beautiful bridge with vermilion railings over a river flowing in front of the shrine. Every year in August, local volunteers put on the Otomo Matsuri and Ganryu-jinja Shrine Festival with a parade of participants in colorful costumes.
  • Unedorisama Shrine
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    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Shimokumichou
    A Shinto shrine dedicated to the god Unedori Myojin located a five minute drive by car from Tono Station. The shrine is said to have been built after Minatoya Heibei, an Edo period merchant from Tono, prayed to Unedori Myojin at a torii gate in the village of Fudai. The shrine is famously believed to provide luck in the fulfillment of love and is visited by many couples. Red strips of cloth are sold at an unmanned stand on the grounds, and it is said that you will marry your sweetheart if you are able to tie one to a tree in front of the shrine using only your left hand. Accordingly, the trees on the shrine’s grounds are covered in red cloth strips, creating a mysterious and magical atmosphere.
  • Atago Shrine
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Shibutami Atago 13-68
  • Hakusan Shrine
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    Iwate Nishiiwai-gun Hiraizumicho Koromonoseki 173
  • Tono Go Hachimangu Shrine
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    3 Reviews
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    Iwate Tono-shi Matsuzakicho Shiraiwa 23-19

    お祭りの時に行くのがポイント。遠野祭りを見に行きましたが、思ったよりスケールが大きくて流鏑馬が終わった後、同時に色々な場所で踊りをやっていました。杉の森で集まったカラフルな服を着た参加者を見てとても不思議な光景だと思いました。神秘的でした。地元の民族衣装や踊りを知るのに最高です。遠野市のはずれにあるので、まとめて他の場所も見たほうが良いです。西洋人の団体も来て喜んでいました。たった一日のうちこれだ...

  • Yakushi Shrine
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    Iwate Shiwa-gun Shiwacho Shiwa Chuo Ekimae 2 OGAL Nai
  • Komagata Shrine
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    Iwate Takizawa-shi
  • Mitsumine (Gassan) Shrine
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    Iwate Oshu-shi
  • Shimohata Hachimangu Shrine
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    Iwate Ichinoseki-shi
  • Kinzei Shrine
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    Iwate Prefecture Tono Tsuchibuchi cho, Yamazaki
  • Kuromori Shrine
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    Iwate Miyako-shi Yamaguchi
  • Iwa Shrine
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    Iwate Oshu-shi Koromogawa-ku Ishigami 99

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A northern Tohoku prefecture promising peace and quiet, Iwate is sparsely populated, replacing people with snow-capped mountains, history-rich sites, and fields of crops that are to thank for the region’s delicious local cuisine. Meander along the three-city Golden Route, where you’ll visit the grand Buddhist temples of Hiraizumi and the Tono folk villages before tasting the three famed noodle dishes of Morioka.

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