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Yokohama, Hakone, Kamakura (Kanagawa)

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箱根神社Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu

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Around Hakone
80-1 Motohakone, Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa 250-0522, Japan
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Date of post:2015/06/16

Hidden sacred place in the woods

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When you see Lake Ashi from Motohakone area, you will find a vermillion gate called torii on the water which seems to be floating. It may seem strange to find only a gate because normally there is a Shinto shrine behind. But you will just see the woods and mountain behind the gate. Actually in the woods, there is a big Shinto shrine complex called Hakone Shrine. The view of the combination of the gate and Mt. Fuji is a symbolic view of Hakone.

From long time ago, the highest mountain in the area Kamiyama (1438) has been worshiped as god because it is a volcanic mountain and important to stop the eruption. 2400 years ago, one of the priests made a place to worship on the mountain next to it, Komagatake (1356m). This is the beginning of this shrine. And in the 8th century, the first shrine construction was built in the place you find the shrine now.

You can approach this shrine on foot in about 10 minutes from Motohakone (either by bus or cruise ship).

In the precinct of the shrine covered with woods including old cedar trees, you may have a calm and sacred feeling.

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