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Shrine Spots in Tochigi Area

  • Nikko Toshogu Shrine
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2301
    A shrine located in Sannai, Nikko City. It was founded in 1617 as a shrine dedicated to the Tosho Daigongen (Tokugawa Ieyasu). There are many buildings including eight National Treasures and 34 Important Cultural Properties in the shrine grounds as well as the beautifully adorned and richly colored carvings of the Three Wise Monkeys—Mizaru, Iwazaru and Kikazaru (see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil)—and the Nemuri-neko (sleepy cat) attributed to Hidari Jingoro. Nikko Toshogu is also registered as a World Heritage Site as one of the Shrines and Temples of Nikko.
  • Torinokosansho Shrine
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnakagawamachi Yamata 1948
    This shrine, on the peak of Mt. Torinoko, is built astride the border of Ibaraki and Tochigi Prefectures and is known as the Shinto Shrine of the Owl. When arriving at the top of the stone stairs, you can see a cute but enormous owl statue, which is considered to be a power spot for good luck and monetary fortune. The central pillar supporting the great owl is said to bring monetary fortune, while the surrounding four other pillars is to ward off calamities and bad luck.
  • Nasu Onsen Shrine
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Yumoto 182
    "This shrine in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture enshrines Shinto deities including Onamuchi no Mikoto. It is famous for its historical ties to the samurai warrior Nasu no Yoichi and for being a so-called ""power spot (spiritual place with energy vortex)."" The shrine is also well-known for having number of items that supposedly grant prayers and wishes, such as the Yamato Sazareishi boulder, the Atago Fukushinsui spring, and the shrine's sacred tree. It is visited by many tourists sightseeing Nasu."

    Super nice drive up to the onsen resort and the shrine. Lots of local lore, and an incredibly haunting place, especially those gizo statues at the bottom of the valley. Breathtaking.

  • Ohirasan Shrine
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    Tochigi Pref. Tochigishi Hiraichou 659
    This shrine is in Tochigi City, Tochigi Prefecture. Located at the summit of Mt. Ohira, the shrine was founded by Ennin in 827. The stairs leading to the temple have almost 1,000 steps and a variety of hydrangea lining the way has led to it also being called Hydrangea Hill. The shrine is known as a famous place to view the sakura cherry blossoms in the spring and you can enjoy the Ohirasan Tochigi Sakura Festival while looking over the Kanto Plain.

    Ohira shrine is a pretty nice, well-kept-up shrine complex, but at the end of the day it’s kind of another shrine and there are more exciting ones around. What makes the place worth seeing, at...

  • Karasawayama Shrine
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    Tochigi Pref. Sanoshi Fujichou 1409
    This shrine in Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture was founded in 1883 and enshrines Fujiwara-no-Hidesato. Prayer requests for safe driving and family safety are accepted and on the first of each month they do fortune-consultations. Built over the remains of Hidesato's castle, the area is a natural fortress surrounded by cliffs and valleys covered in Japanese Red Pine trees and some of the castle ruins still remain. En route to the main hall you'll pass the Sakura Horse Grounds in which numerous sakura cherry trees are planted.

    お天気さえ良ければ、ハイキングにもドライブコースとしても眺望のいい場所です。 小学校の秋の遠足で来て以来、何回も訪問していますが、日本最大の関東平野がちょうど終わって、山岳地帯に入るポイントなのでなので見晴らし地点から首都圏エリアまで、視界を遮るものは一つもありません。 左手の筑波山のなだらかなシルエットのかなたには、東京のスカイツリーから新宿の高層ビル群もはっきり肉眼で認められます。その右手には...

  • Nogi Shrine
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasushiobarashi Ishibayashi 795
    This Shinto shrine in Nasushiobara City, Tochigi Prefecture enshrines the spirits of Meiji period General Nogi Maresuke and his wife Shizuko. The shrine was founded on the premises of their vacation home in 1916. The shrine and the rest of the remains of the vacation home are now Nogi Park, a popular and well-known place to view the sakura cherry blossoms in the spring. A festival is held here on September 13th of every year and it is a regular site for antique and flea markets.

    I've been visiting Nogi Jinja for just on 20 years, in all seasons, and it has featured at various stages of my Japan life; highlight is always midnight New Year's Eve when the food stalls leading to...

  • Futarasan Jinja Shrine
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2307
    This shrine is dedicated to the deities of Nikko’s three most sacred mountains and highest peaks of the Nikko mountain range. Besides the main shrine is Chugushi at the shore of Lake Chuzenji, a rear shrine that stands at the summit of Mt. Nantai, and associated shrines Hongu Jinja and Takio Jinja Shrine. The establishment of Futarasan Jinja Shrine is said to have begun in 762 when Shodo Shonin built a small shrine as a Hongu Jinja shrine. Now the shrine is popular for its associations with good luck and the god of marriage. 11 buildings of the shaden (main shrine area) including the honden (main shrine) with its “yatsumune” style of construction and haiden (hall of worship) with its gabled, hipped roof have been designated as Important Cultural Properties. The lantern called “Bake-doro” in the shrine gardens is one highlight worth seeing.

    Futarasan Jinja Shrine, near to Tosho-gu, is another famous Shrine in Nikko. This Shrine is much older that others but with less visitors. So you can freely stroll around and admire the architecture.

  • Takino Jinja Shrine
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2310-1
    Associated with Futarasan Jinja Shrine, this shrine is located approximately one kilometer from the main shrine. Tagorihime-no-Mikoto, the princess of Onamuchi-no-Mikoto, is enshrined here. The shrine is encompassed by a fence and is built in a quiet space amidst the trees where Tagorihime is said to have descended to earth. Sights to see include the Kodane-ishi, where visitors offer prayers for conception and easy childbirth, the Enmusubi-no-Sasa, and the Undameshi-no-torii, a stone torii gate where it is customary to try your luck tossing stones through the small hole near the top. Shiraito Falls located nearby is also a must-see.

    We strolled along the forest and liked the quiet environment around. There was not much visitors. The shrine uphill was small and worth to walk here.

  • Greatest Ebisusama in Japan (Osaki Ebisu-jinja Shrine, Osaki-jinja Shrine)
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    Tochigi Pref. Mokashi Higashigou 937
    The Osaki-jinja Shrine, located in Mooka City, Tochigi Prefecture enshrining both Daikokusama (Okuninushi deity: God of Wealth) and Ebisusama (Kotoshironushi deity: God of Development) is registered in the Engishiki, a registry of ancient shrines. This 1500-year-old shrine is said to bring various types of luck, including health, matchmaking, and marriage blessings, and better fortune. The inner shrine, gilded with noted engravings, is not to be missed. Also known as ‘the shrine where you win the lottery’, many visitors come to worship here every year.

    10月19日に国重要文化財に指定されたというニュースを見て翌日に参りました。本殿にある彫刻が決め手になったとのことで、実際に近くで見ると生き生きとした素晴らしい彫刻でした。色彩が豊かで、形に勢いを感じました。境内はきれいに整備されていて、巨大な恵比寿像が目をひきます。横には水量豊かな河川が流れ、すべてが美しさを盛り上げていました。境内の茶店が美食を提供、販売品もお値打ち品がたくさんありました。とて...

  • Nasu Shrine
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    Tochigi Otawara-shi Minami Kanemaru 1628
    This shrine is located in Minamikanemaru, Otawara City, Tochigi Prefecture. It is said to have been built more some 1600 years ago during the time of Emperor Nintoku. The shrine was rebuilt by Nasu no Yoichi, a samurai famous for his legendary feat of archery at the Battle of Yashima at the end if the Heian period. For this reason, it has strong ties to the Nasu Clan. To this day, horseback archery is still practiced at the shrine’s annual grand festival. The main shrine and the shrine’s two-story gate, which were rebuilt in 1577, have been designated as national Important Cultural Properties.

    Yoichi shrine is a favorite spot for locals who want to wish for success on the first attempt. The grounds blend in with nature, and the paint is not touched up. The gold bowl buried in the mound at...

  • Itsukushima Shrine Bijin Benten
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    Tochigi Ashikaga-shi Honjo 2-1860
    This shrine is located in Honjo 2-Chome, Ashikaga City. It enshrines Bijin Benten, an incarnation of Ichikishimahime-no-mikoto, the enshrined deity of Itsukushima Shrine. Bijin Benten is the patron deity of beauty, health, and long life. The shrine issues “Bijin Shomei” amulets that prove that a woman is both beautiful on outside and kind of heart on the inside.
  • Hagurosan Shrine
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    Tochigi Utsunomiya-shi Imazato Cho 1444
    This Shinto shrine is located at the top of 458-meter high Mt. Haguro towering on the western side of Imazato-cho, Utsunomiya City, Kawachi County, Tochigi Prefecture. There are various theories about the origin of the shrine, but in general it is believed to have been founded sometime during the Kohei era (1058-1065). The shrine is dedicated to Ukanomitama and has been a destination for worshippers since ancient times. Today, it is nicknamed “Ohaguro-sama.”
  • Utsunomiya Futaarayama Shrine
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    Tochigi Utsunomiya-shi Baba Dori 1-1-1
    This shrine to the 2,486-meter-high sacred mountain Mt. Futaara is also the tutelary shrine of Nikko. The temple’s massive precinct covers some 3,400 hectares that includes the Nikko Mountains, which are part of Nikko National Park, as well as the Kegon Falls, the descending Irohazaka route, and Shinkyo Bridge, an important cultural asset.
  • Suga Shrine
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    Tochigi Oyama-shi Miyamotocho 1-2-4
    This shrine was founded in 940 with the transfer and enshrinement of a division of the tutelary deity of Kyoto’s Gion Shrine (now called Yasaka Shrine). Its Daidai Okagurasai festival held in early April and its Gion Matsuri festival held from July 14 to 21 each year are well known. On the third Sunday of July, 25 portable shrines including one massive one that weighs in at two tons are carried through the city.
  • Ashinokenbuzan Yuzen-jinja Shrine
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Ashino 2234
  • Yasakajinjiya Shrine
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    Tochigi Sakura-shi Ujiie 2382-ban
  • Hoshimiya Shrine
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    Tochigi Sakura-shi Matsushima 892-ban
  • Washinomiya Shrine
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    Tochigi Sakura-shi Washijuku 1326-ban
  • Onsen Shrine
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    Tochigi Sakura-shi Kanaeda 1088-ban
  • Imamiya Shrine
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    Tochigi Sakura-shi Baba 43-ban

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Most visits to Tochigi revolve around Nikko, a small city home to the spectacular, lavishly decorated Toshogu Shrine and Nikko National Park with its mountains, lakes, waterfalls, onsen, and wild monkeys. Neighboring Oku-Nikko is an extension of the fantastic scenery famous for its autumn leaves, while Tochigi’s capital, Utsunomiya, is the only place in the world where you can find oya stone beautifully exhibited in temples and the Oya History Museum.

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