Japanese old myths have “Ama no iwato” (Cave of heaven) myth. Amaterasu (the God of the sun) of Ise Jingu Shrine got ridiculously furious at his brother Susanoo and has shut herself in “Ama no iwato”. The troubled “Yao yorozu no kami” (eight million gods) opened a strategy meeting to gather at “Omoikane” who is the god of wisdom and bring Amaterasu out. Amaterasu who became anxious opened a little Iwato (rock gate) because “Uzume”, the god of entertainment danced and everyone made a fuss. At that moment, Tajikarao, a mighty god, tossed rocks, pulled Amaterasu out, and it is said that the light returned to the world. Mt. Togakushi is said that rocks thrown off at that time are the ones that became mountains.
In Mt. Togakushi, which is regarded as sacred mountain, Shugendo (Japanese mountain asceticism-shamanism incorporating Shinto and Buddhist concepts) has been held since the Heian period, and it has been known as one of Japan’s leading spiritual places. Between the cedar trees that are over 400 years old and over 800 years old, you can see the masonry of the large auditorium and temples that existed until the Edo period. You can also see the remnant that Shugendo was prosperous from those sites. The tutelary deity, “Kuzuryu” (nine-head dragon) which gathers faith as a god of water, agriculture and commerce is dotted in various places in Japan, but this Togakushi Jinja Shrine’s Kuzuryu is the head family.
Togakushi five shrines, which marks more than 2,000 years of history, is set around the roughy faces mountain. For them, God who was active in “Ama no iwato” myth is enshrined. Why don’t you visit Togakushi Jinja Shrine that is full of mysteries from ancient times.
Togakushi Jinja Shrine is in the northwestern part of Nagano-shi, Nagano, and it is consisting of five shinto shrines around Mount Togakushi. The beginning of it dates back until the time of the Japanese mythology. It is said that Mount Togakushi made by “Ama no Iwato” which has been blown away, and it is “Togakushi Jinja Shrine” that is in Mount Togakushi.
In Mount Togakushi about 1,200m above sea level, the accommodations such as an inn and a pension, a mountain hut, the guest house are substantial, too. A lot of tourists visit here, and tour the five shrines is particularly popular. If you visit all of them, luck has turned in your favor in a well-balanced state.
When you pass through the Zuishin-mon gate of the Okusha shrine approach to a shrine, the huge avenue of cryptomerias more than 300 years old appears in front. The big cedar tree of around 30m in height is the best part. It is a mysterious place where you can feel that your body recovers when you walk.
Hokosha shrine with the long stairs of 274 steps. Because it is mossed and its angle is rapid, so you need to go up with a tight gut.
Togakushi that is buried among snow when it is winter. The Okusha shrine is shut every year in the season when snow is deep. You cannot enter there during the closed period.
|Name:||Togakushi Jinja Shrine|
|Adresse:||Togakushi 3506 Nagano, Nagano 381-4101 Japan|
|Access:||JR Hokuriku Shinkansen Line “Nagano-eki Station” (45 minutes by car)|