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  • Chiyobo Inari Shrine (Ochobo-san)
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    4.0
    133 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Kaidushi Hiratachousangou 1980
    The main enshrined deities are Taiso-no-Okami, Inari-no-Okami, and Oyagami. Yoshitaka, the sixth son of Minamoto-no-Hachimantaro Yoshiie, at the time of establishing a branch family was granted by Yoshiie that the ancestral spirits be protected forever. After that, their descendant Mori Hakkai opened the village of Suwaki. It was these gods that became the origin of the shrine. It is one of the three major Inari (god of harvest) in Japan, and two million people come to worship here every year. The shrine is said to generate business prosperity. Worshipers purchase sake and fried tofu at a shop near the entrance of the shrine and make offerings to the gods. Along the road leading up to the shrine you’ll find many shops.

    This is a nice small market walk through Kaizu city. It is very intimate with a lot of food markets, small souvenir shops, restaurants, plant shops, clothing shops, arare shops, snack shops, Kushi...

  • Nemichi Shrine
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    Gifu Pref. Sekishi Itadori On the Shimane Road 448
    Nemichi Shrine sits in an area surrounded by lush vegetation. The main enshrined deities are Nemichi Okami, Izanami no Mikoto, Oyamatsumi no Kami, and Kanayamabiko no Kami. The spring festival is held in April and the autumn festival is held in October. Beside the main gate to the shrine is a small pond nicknamed Monet’s Pond. So called because it resembles Claude Monet’s water lilies. The place has become particularly well known on the internet and consequently attracts visitors to the shrine almost daily.
  • Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
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    4.0
    157 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Sakuramachi 178
    The Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine is a Shinto shrine in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture that is dedicated to the tutelary deity of the area. According to tradition, the origins of the Shrine date back to the reign of the Emperor Nintoku, when Prince Naniwa-neko Takefurukuma no Mikoto, who had come to the area to subjugate an evil monster, prayed for victory at this site. The Shrine is closely associated with the Autumn Festival that is one of the two Takayama Matsuri (Takayama Festivals), the other being the Spring Festival that is associated with the Hie Shrine; the Takayama Matsuri has been designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. Some of the “Yatai” (decorated floats) used in the Takayama Matsuri procession are on display in the Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall within the Shrine precincts (the floats on display are rotated), giving visitors the opportunity to view the magnificent decoration, which is a tribute to the skill of Hida region craftsmen, from close to.

    This beautiful shrine surrounded by silence and huge trees conveys inner peace. Beautiful, imposing location. Not to be missed, well worth the visit.

  • Inaba-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Inabadori 1-1
    The Inaba Shrine has for many centuries been a place of great spiritual importance for people living in the region. Dedicated to the worship of the Shinto deity Inishiki-Irihiko-no-Mikoto, the Inaba Shrine was originally a place where prayers were offered to protect against floods. In recent years, the Shrine has become very popular with worshippers wishing to pray for the safety of family members or for business prosperity, with people paying their first visit to a shrine in the New Year, with families celebrating the Shichi-Go-San festival, and with worshippers offering up prayers in relation to childbirth, traffic safety, construction or irrigation projects, etc. The Shrine preserves a set of chronicle scrolls of its own origin and history, which has been designated an Important Cultural Property by Gifu Prefecture. The Inaba Shrine is located around 15-minute drive from JR Gifu Station.

    This year my son and I braved the cold and sleepiness to countdown to 2017 at this Shrine,incidentally just minutes from our apartment !(I know its not a word!) Very japaneseque Im not the...

  • Ena Shrine
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    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Nakatsugawa Shingo 3786-1
    In 927, particularly grand shrines in the country like this were designated as “Kansha” —a shrine that received offerings from the Imperial Court and is registered in the Engishiki register. Since that time, it offers great blessings, for safe birth, receiving children, first temple visit, and home safety. It is famous as a shrine with important cultural properties, like “couple cedar” (Gifu Prefecture Natural Monument) and “sword Sadatsuna” (Gifu Prefecture Important Cultural Property). Main deities are Izanagi-no-mikoto and Izanami-no-mikoto.
  • Izumo-fukutoku-jinja Shrine
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    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Sakashita 638-4
    This shrine is located about five minutes by car from JR Sakashita Station. Founded in 1932, it's a sub-sanctuary of Shimane Prefecture's Izumo Taisha Shrine and honors the Shinto god Okuninushi-no-Mikoto. Statues of the lucky gods Ebisu and Daikoku are on the grounds, and legend says that if you rub their stomachs, you'll win the lottery. The shrine is often featured in the media, so lots of visitors come who want to improve their odds. It's also said worshiping there is good for matchmaking, success in business, and happy prosperity. The shrine shop sells popular lucky boxes for holding lottery tickets as well as items like “God of Wealth Cards to keep in your wallet that are meant to bring more money into your life.
  • Hida Sannogu Hie Shrine
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Shiroyama 156
    Located approximately a 10-minute walk from the red Nakabashi Bridge that spans the Miya River, this shrine dedicated to Oyamakui no Kami sits at the southern foot of Mt. Shiroyama located in the center of the city. It has a long history of praying for the coming of the deity, and is said to have been built in 1141. It is famous for its annual spring Takayama Festival held every year on April 14 and 15. Of a pair of portable shrines made in 1816 that are both important cultural properties of Takayama City, one is housed in the shed of the main shrine, and the other is in the place where a sacred palanquin is enshrined in the Nakabashi rest station.

    This place was actually serene, with zero tourists around. We visited in summer and had the whole place to ourselves, taking some beautiful photos. Feel very privileged to have visited.... For me...

  • Takaya Inari-jinja Shrine (Well at Takaya Inari-jinja Shrine)
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    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Takayachou 3
    A Shinto shrine located in a shopping arcade area not far from the JR Ogaki Station’s south entrance rotary. A well is located at the shrine which was built to replace a turtle pond which once stood in front of Ogaki Station. Ogaki City is well-known for the abundance of clean water which wells up from under the ground in the area. As one would expect, the waters of the well here are also extremely clear and clean, and the well has even been selected as one of Ogaki’s 20 best water-related sites by the city. In part because the well was built through donations by local residents, the well is extremely well-maintained. There are also many trees and green plants growing around the well, making it a great place to stop, take a break, and cool off in the middle of a hot summer day.
  • Tedikarao Shrine
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    Gifu Pref. Kakamigaharashi Nakatedikarachou 4
    Located in Kakamigahara City, this shrine is dedicated to a god of sports and physical power, and is known by local residents as “Tedikara-san.” It is said to bring good fortune and luck in battle since Oda Nobunaga prayed for victory there when attacking Inaba Castle. While is it unclear the exact year when it was constructed, it is believed that area rulers performed rituals at the shrine around the end of fifth century. Under the eaves of the main shrine building, there are two dragon sculptures, one on each side of the building, wrapped around beams that were said to once move around, and they have been registered a cultural property by the city as “Ryu no Shiyu” (The Dragon Couple). In addition, besides the special red seals distributed for summer shrine visits, they also publish information from time to time on social media.
  • Kano-tenmangu Shrine
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    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Kanoutenjinmachi 4-1
    Saito Toshinaga was a military commander who ruled over Kano. He was devoted to Tenmangu Shrine and had Tenman installed as a guardian deity when he built Kutsui Castle in 1445. Kutsui Castle was abandoned after that, but the locals maintained their belief in the shrine. When Tokugawa Ieyasu built Kano Castle in 1600, as the shrine is on the premises, he had it moved to its current location and rededicated. It enshrines Sugawara-no-Michizane. Known as a deity of scholarship, lots of worshipers come to pray for success with exams.
  • Hakusan Chukyo Shrine
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Shirotorichouitoshiro 3-48
    This shrine is located about a 40-minute drive from the Shirotori Interchange. One of the Hakusan shrines, the monk Taicho—Daishi expanded the shrine area in 717, and repaired the main building. The sculptures “Awa ni Uzura(ears of millet and quails)” and “Ryu to Wakishoji(dragons on the side-screens)” in front of the main hall were designated important cultural properties by Gifu Prefecture in 1962, and the “Jyoan sugi” cedar trees and virgin beech forest on the grounds were made a natural monument of Gifu Prefecture in 1974. Every year on the third Sunday in May, two shrine maidens perform five kinds of dances for the annual summer festival.
  • Nagataki Hakusan Shrine
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Shirotorichounagataki 91
    Nagataki Hakusan Shrine, located in the city of Gujo, is a shrine of the Hakusan group that worships Mt. Hakusan as the water god. Once part of the Hakusan Chugu Choryuji Temple, founded by the monk Taicho in the eighth century, it split off from the temple in the 1870s, when the Japanese government forced Buddhism and Shinto to start functioning as separate religions. There are stone lanterns said to be products of the Kamakura period (1185-1334) on the shrine grounds, and the treasure house contains many cultural artifacts, such as Showa no tsubo, Teboko (hand spear), and No drama masks. Among them are items that have been designated National Important Cultural Properties. Every year on January 6, the shrine celebrates a festival that has been designated a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property, Nagataki no Ennen. In the midst of dancing, visitors try to grab flowers, such as cherry blossoms and peonies, that are hung from the ceiling of the main building. This custom gives the festival its other name, the flower grabbing festival.

    国道158号線沿いにあり、長良川鉄道の白山長滝駅からも歩いてすぐなので、車でも鉄道でも行きやすいです。白山の岐阜県側の登山口(といってもかなり長い参詣道)として、古くから信仰されてきた神社だそうで、お参りしてから山に登る方の姿も見受けられました。

  • Hida Ichinomiya Minashi Shrine
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Ichinomiyamachi 5323
    Located an eight-minute walk from JR Hida-Ichinomiya Station, this shrine has been regarded as the emotional foundation for the people of Hida since ancient times as the highest ranking shrine in the old Hida Province. 14 gods are worshipped in addition to “Mitoshi no Okami,” the main god known as “Minashi no Kami,” which has attracted worship as the god of production that controls harvests and yields and settles a strategic water source and transportation route. In addition to first shrine visits for the new year, it bustles with many worshippers for annual festivals such as the Hida Ikibina Festival (Live Doll Festival), and the prefecture-designated intangible cultural heritage “Jindai Odori” (Era of Gods Dance).

    高山から下呂に向う国道沿いにある飛騨一宮の水無神社です。 鉄道、バス共に公共交通の便が良くないので観光客はほとんどおらず、静かにお参り出来ました。 境内には一夜の内にねじ曲がったと言われている桧の「ねじの木」がありました。 現在、上部は枯れてしまっていますがねじれている様子がよくわかります。

  • Oyada-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Minoshi Oyada 2596
    A Shinto shrine located in the Kaededani Valley at the foot of Mt. Tennozan which was founded over 2,000 years ago. The current main shrine was built in 1672 and is notable for its extravagant carving and showy coloring similar to the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a style which flourished in the early Edo period. The most magnificent structure in the city, this building is also designated a National Important Cultural Property. Some 3,000 Japanese mountain maples grow on the shrine’s grounds, making it one of the leading destinations for enjoying fall foliage in the prefecture. The shrine holds a Momiji Festival celebrating maples and fall foliage which lasts from early November to early December; the shrine also holds the Oyada Hinkoko Festival, a designated National Selected Intangible Folk-Cultural Property, in the spring and in the autumn.

    11/17土曜日に登山のついでに初めて大矢田神社を訪問しました。紅葉の時期だけ徴収する600円の駐車料を支払い、本殿に参拝しました。紅葉はまだ少し早いが、来訪者はそこその人数で、露店もある程度出店してました。本殿の脇から天王山に登れました。混雑を避けたい人は今のうちに観賞するのがベターです。今年は台風や猛暑影響からか紅葉になる前に落ち葉になるのが多く散見されます。

  • Musubu Shrine
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    Gifu Pref. Ampachigunampachichou Nishimusubu 584-1
    15-minutes from the Hashima Interchange on the Meishin Expressway on Prefectural Route 18. Established in the late Heian period, the shrine is famous for granting worshippers luck in finding love and marriage. According to one theory, the shrine may even have been found a little before the distant Nara period. The shrine is also part of the legendary love story between Oguri Hangan and Princess Terute famously depicted in traditional joruri puppet and kabuki theater plays. In addition, the shrine is known as the place where the powerful samurai lord Oda Nobunaga prayed for victory prior to the Battle of Nagashino and the shrine still has a seal and spear from his visit. The shrine's popular ema votive tablets, used to pray for luck with love, are decorated with hearts and purchasers can have the small heart in the upper right side of the tablet cut out to take with them as an amulet.
  • Hiyoshi Shrine
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
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    Gifu Anpachi-gun Godocho Godo 1
    "The start of this old shrine is from the beginning of the Heian period (794-1185) when Dengyo Daishi Saicho responded to appeals from this area's district governor Anpachidayu Yasutsugu to transfer the enshrined spirit of Hiyoshi Taisha in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture and enshrine it here. The annual festival called ""Godo Sanno Festival"" held on May 3rd and 4th has been designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property for the prefecture. At midnight on the 4th, it is well known by the name ""Godo Fire Festival"" for the miniature shrine procession in the morning surrounded by torchlight. When moving the miniature shrine, they sprint at full force without ever stopping, and a unique feature not seen anywhere else is that the men sub in for other carriers while they continue to run."

    神社の社格的にはそれ程でもない様ですが、1200年程の前の建立との事で、結構歴史の有る神社です。 特に三重の塔は、国の重要文化財にも指定されています。 平日のお昼に訪れましたが、私以外誰もいません、非常にノンビリと見学する事が出来ました。

  • Moriminashi Hachiman Shrine
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
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    Gifu Gero-shi Mori 1321
    "This old temple in a corner of the hot spring town is located approximately a ten-minute walk from Gero Station. From the Heian period to the Kamakura period (1185-1333), Hida craftsmen carved ten wooden idols that are stored here, and all of them have been designated as national important cultural properties. Every year on February 14th, there is a traditional festival called ""Tanokami Festival"" to usher in spring in Hidaji area. It is said to be based on ritual performances done since the middle ages so as to celebrate an abundant harvest of rice in advance. It is also nicknamed the ""Hanagasa Festival"" because of the local young dancers who wear brightly colored hanagasa hats, and this has been designated a national important intangible cultural asset."

    駅の対岸にあります。階段は結構急でした。境内は街中の神社といった感じです。人はいませんがお賽銭箱の近くに書置き御朱印があります。

  • Gero Onsen-jinja Shrine
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    Gifu Gero-shi Yunoshima
    There's a high probability you'll pass this shrine during your visit to Gero Onsen as it's in the center of town. It's on the first floor of Gero Onsen Ryokan Kaikan on the corner of Shirasagi Bridge, just across from Gero Ohashi Bridge. It was built to give thanks for Gero's history and hot springs, and to pray for its continued development. An annual festival held on October 8th also offers thanks for the hot springs and features tourists parading through the town wearing traditional samurai garb. The shrine is a branch of Yudonosan Honmiya Shrine, honoring one of the three Dewasanzan peaks in Yamagata Prefecture.
  • Kuzu Hachimangu Shrine
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    Gifu Gero-shi Hagiwaracho Joro 2345-1
    "A Shinto shrine said to have originated 1,600 years ago to pray for victory in battle. It has a long and venerable history as the second most prominent shrine in the Hida district, housing the protective deity of southern Hida. The main shrine was rebuilt in 1412 on the orders of the district's lord. The shrine has important carvings of a carp and a bush warbler, as well as two giant cedars on the outskirts of the precincts that are about 1,500 years old. Known as the ""Married Cedars,"" their trunks are 12.5 meters around. They've been designated as a National Natural Monument."
  • Chisui-jinja Shrine
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
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    Gifu Kaizu-shi Kaizucho Aburajima
    A shrine dedicated to the loyal retainers of the Satsuma domain who undertook flood control work on the orders of the Tokugawa Shogunate in the middle Edo period. Since ancient times, the Nobi Plain has seen damage from the of the Kiso, Nagara, and Ibi rivers that run through it. The Satsuma domain during the period was the next most powerful in Japan besides the Edo Shogunate, and they completed the work they were given with great sacrifice. The shrine honors the deified form of the head of the project, Hirata Yukie Masasuke Ushi-no-Mikoto. Today, the shrine participates in various programs linking Gifu and Kagoshima. It's also known for improving the love luck of patrons.

    木曽三川公園の隣にある神社ですが訪れる人はほとんど見かけません。 薩摩藩士による木曽三川治水工事で犠牲になった薩摩藩士の功績を称えて建立された神社です。

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Tucked away in the very center of Japan, Gifu prefecture houses mountains, old towns, and one of Japan’s greatest hot springs, Gero Onsen. A tour of the prefecture’s traditional architecture will take you from the mountain-enveloped wooden streets of Takayama to the mountain village of Shirakawago, where visitors can explore 250-year-old thatched roofed houses known as gassho-zukuri.

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