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  • Mitsumine-jinja Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Mitsumine 298-1
    Mitsumine-jinja Shrine (literally meaning “three peaks shrine”), so called by that name because of the three peaks of Mt. Kumotori, Mt. Shiraiwa and Mt. Myohogatake which can be seen overlooking the eastern side of the shrine are beautifully positioned in a line. The god worshipped at the shrine is in fact Gokenzoku, the wolf and so the shrine is affectionately known as the Oinusama, meaning “honorable wolf deity”. There is also Mitsumineyama Museum in the shrine’s precincts with exhibits and treasures relating to mountain worship and temple retreat on display.

    I visited Mitsumine at the end of 2016 with a friend and we both thoroughly enjoyed our time there. This year we were back in Tokyo and we both wanted to go back - not least because we missed part of...

  • Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Miyashitamachi 2-11
    Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine is said to be over 1,500 years old. The main deity venerated here is Susanoo-no-Mikoto, often worshiped as the god of harmonious families, matrimonial happiness and matchmaking. One popular item is the charm for forming good relationships, made to resemble the red thread that represents the power of the god of matchmaking.
  • Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa-jinja Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Omiya-ku Takahanachou 1-407
    Founded over 2,400 years ago, Hikawa-jinja Shrine is famous for its “Hikawa Gagaku-kai,” which was organized in 1935. This society performs ancient court music known as gagaku at the shrine’s festivals. Although it is also held in the spring, the annual kangetsu (moon viewing) gagaku performance at the shrine’s music pavilion in the fall lets visitors enjoy a fantastic autumn evening with a performance that blends kagura and kangen dance.

    We arrived here early via Kita Omiya Station and traversing Omiya Park. Temple is in a flat setting. They have a temple office where they allow you to watch them do calligraphy in temple stamp book...

  • Chichibu-jinja Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Bambamachi 1-3
    The ancient and historic Chichibu-jinja Shrine, is a Saitama Prefecture designated Tangible Cultural Property, famous for its well preserved main hall, gifted by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1592. The Chichibu Night Festival, held annually on December 3, is a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property, and is one of the Big Three Japanese Shrine Float Festivals along with the Gion Festival in Kyoto and Hida Takayama Festivals in Gifu Prefecture.

    A shrine with over 2100 years of history, rebuilt in the 1500s by Ieyasu is well preserved. The outside walls of the temple has exquisite carvings. Lots of tigers featured since Ieyasu was born in...

  • Hijiri-jinja Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Kuroya 2191
    "A Shinto shrine located in Kuroya, Chichibu City. The surrounding area is known for having produced ""nikiakagane"" in 708, a native form of copper which was presented to the then Empress, and this served the opportunity for changing Era name to Wado and casting Japan's first coinage, the Wadokaichin. This shrine was built in dedication to this coinage and even today it attracts worshippers seeking improved financial fortunes."

    この神社へは数年前から訪問しています。謂れ所以は既報の通り。信じるかどうかはご自由ですが私は御利益がありました。高級外車が買えるくらいでしょうか。御礼参りも忘れずに。

  • Koma-jinja Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Hidakashi Nihori 833
    The Koma-jinja Shrine enshrines Komano Jakko, a settler from Kokuri that was a flourishing northern region of the Korean Peninsula. The shrine celebrated its 1300th year since Koma County was established in 2016. The shrine’s cultural artifacts are exhibited with a chosen theme every year in September in the Koma-jinja meeting hall main room.
  • Washinomiya Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Kukishi Washinomiya 1-6-1
    A Shinto shrine located in 1-Chome Washinomiya, Kuki City. Believed to be the oldest large shrine in the Kanto region, records state it was founded by the Izumo tribe. The Washinomiya Saibara Kagura music and dance performance, passed down since ancient times, is said to be the origin of kagura Shinto music and dance performed in the Kanto region and has been designated a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.

    On your way to the temple, you will notice a lot of Lucky Star banners hanging on lighting poles, a few posters on several shop windows and a few gachapon machines with "surprise" balls, including...

  • Hodosan-jinja Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunnagatoromachi Nagatoro 1828
    Hodosan-jinja Shrine with its soothing atmosphere is blessed by the gracefully shaped Mt. Hodo and the beauty of its four seasons. The shrine buildings include the Honden (main sanctuary), Heiden (hall of offerings), and Haiden (hall of worship), constructed in the Gongen-zukuri style. There are many wooden carvings, including the “Nijushiko,” on the transoms. The kami enshrined here with beautiful statues are virtuous ones offering protection against fire and theft.
  • Chinjyu Hikawa-jinja Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Kawaguchishi Aoki 5-18-48
    A Shinto shrine located in 5-Chome Aoki, Kawaguchi City. The shrine was founded in the early Muromachi period some 700 years ago. Dedicated to Susanoo-no-Mikoto, who defeated the eight headed serpent Yamata no Orochi, and his wife Kushinadahime no Mikoto, the shrine is believed to grant worshippers purification from evil influences, protection from disaster, luck in finding love and marriage, matrimonial harmony, and aid in childrearing.

    とても広い敷地にありました。木が多くて、静かで、とてもおゴソな感じがしました。結構なんでもない場所にあったので、歩いていきましたが、駅から遠くないです。

  • Iwatsuki Sochinjyu Hisaizu Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Iwatsuki-ku Miyachou 2-6-55
    A Shinto shrine located in 2-Chome Miya-cho, Iwatsuki Ward, Saitama City. The shrine was established to venerate Okuninushi-no-Mikoto some 1,500 years ago by the Izumo Hajiu clan and came to serve as the guardian shrine of the Iwatsuki area. Surrounded by lush forest, the grounds are also known as a treasure trove of wild birds.
  • Kawagoe Hachimangu Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Minamitorimachi 19-1
    A Shinto shrine situated along Hachiman-dori Street in Minamitori-machi, Kawagoe City. The temple was founded in 1030 by the samurai Minamoto no Yorinobu and is dedicated to Emperor Ojin. The temple's Chinowa Kuguri event, held from June 30, is also known as the Nagoshi no Oharae. A tradition dating back to the early Edo period, the event involves walking through a cogon grass ring to purify oneself.

    You can go to Kawagoe station less than an hour from tokyo. Once you arrive you can walk along the road to the “little edo” around 20-25 minutes, enjoying the transformation from a city to an old...

  • Yakyu Inari Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Higashimatsuyamashi Yakyuchou 2-5-14
    "A Shinto shrine located in 2-Chome Yakyu-cho, Higashimatsuyama City. Dedicated to Ukemochi-no-Kami, the shrine was founded in 712, although its name was written with different characters. After the samurai Minamoto no Yorinobu prayed for success here when tracking down the rebel Taira no Tadatsune and achieved victory in his quest, he donated a new main shrine building, and the shrine was renamed with characters pronounced the same but meaning ""arrow and bow."" The Danjuro Inari, a subordinate shrine built by kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro VII, stands on the shrine's grounds, and parishioners come to this shrine to pray for success and protection in the field of the performing arts."

    I stayed few days at hotel directly near Yakyu Inari Shrine and every day I went to work directly across this area. I can say this place is really nice and amazing. Every day made my morning better...

  • Chichibu Imamiya-jinja Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Nakamachi 16-10
    A Shinto shrine located in Naka-machi, Chichibu City. One of Japan's oldest shrines, since ancient times it has been dedicated to a water god embodied by a miraculous spring welling up from under Mt. Buko. Until the distant Nara period, the shrine was also dedicated to other deities such as the Eight Dragon Kings. In 1535, a portion of the spirit of Susanoo-no-Okami from Imamiya-jinja Shrine in Kyoto was ritually transferred to this shrine when an epidemic raged in the region. The grounds encompass Ryujin Pond, the oldest spring in Chichibu, as well as a huge tree called the Ryujinboku which is over 1,000 years old.

    こちらも縁結びのパワースポットとして知られている場所です。ご神木にハートの形をした穴がございます。近くまでよれませんでしたが、場所はわかりやすかったです。こちらの本堂は立て替え中で、御朱印のために人が並んでおりました。

  • Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Nyotai Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Midori-ku Miyamoto 2-17-1
    A Shinto shrine located in 2-Chome Miyamoto, Midori Ward, Saitama City. The shrine is dedicated to gods such as Kushinadahime-no-Mikoto. Warm climate plants grow thickly here, and the shrine's grounds have been designated a Prefectural Natural Monument as well as Furusato no Mori forest. A Nagoshi no Harae event is held here on July 31 in which participants take dolls into which their sins and shames have been transferred to and let them drift away on a river, then pass through a large ring placed in the shrine's torii gate to pray for good health.
  • Tsukinomiya Shrine
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    Saitama Saitama-shi Urawa-ku Kishicho 3-17-25
  • Senba Toshogu Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Kosembamachi 1-21-1
    "This shrine is in Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture. It’s one of the three major Toshogu Shrines (which enshrine Tokugawa Ieyasu) in Japan, and others are Nikko and Kunosan Toshogu Shrines. This one was built in 1617. The main shrine hall enshrines a statue of Tokugawa Ieyasu, and around the hall are rows of stone garden lanterns donated by the historical lords of Kawagoe. This is also said to be the birthplace of the children's song ""Antagata Dokosa."""
  • Togo Park Chichibu Ontake Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Hannoushi Sakaishi 580
    This park, hosting a statue of Togo Heihachiro, is famous for fall leaves. There are about 1,000 trees planted here, and the fall maples turn the surroundings scarlet, creating a symbol of the Chichibu autumn. Every year, they Togo Park autumn leaf festival is held in November.
  • Izumo Iwai Shrine
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    Saitama Iruma-gun Moroyamamachi Iwai-nishi 5-17-1
  • Sengen Shrine
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    Saitama Saitama-shi Chuo-ku Hachioji 1-chome 7-ban 11-go
  • Raiden Shrine
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    Saitama Saitama-shi Kita-ku Konbacho 573-ban

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Eclipsed by neighboring Tokyo, Saitama is often branded as the sleepy suburbs. However, look a little deeper and you’ll uncover quaint towns bursting with history and crafts from the kurazukuri Edo-period clay houses of Kawagoe to the ancient tree-enveloped temples of Chichibu.

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