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Okuni Shrine in Mori Machi, Hamamatsu

Okuni Shrine (小国神社) in Mori Machi, Hamamatsu City

Okuni Shrine (小国神社)is on of the four major Shinto Shrines in Shizuoka Prefecture, although not a practical location, it is beautifully located alongside the lush mountainous forests and river.

Okuni Shrine (小国神社) in Mori Machi, Hamamatsu City

The first of a few tori gates

If you are not motorized, one way to access and make it a worthwhile trip is to board the Tenhama/ Tenryuu Hamanako Railway Line/天浜線 and get down to a small station called Tootoumi Ichinomiya/遠江一宮 and take a free limousinebus to the Shrine. Bear in mind there are only few during the day so plan your trip to start early in the day

You can feel comfortable calm walking into the forest

It is located in the mountains all with a deep forest and river

You can see cedar trees this way and that way

The lane leading to it is lined up with beautiful tall cedar trees

There is the large roofed hand-washing stone basin

The large roofed hand-washing stone basin

the symbol of shrine called "torii"is what you can see over there

Better come on a weekday as weekends can be crowded

One can discover smaller shrines from place to place

One can discover smaller shrines along the entry lane and all arund the main shrine

It shows the legend of a rabbit admonished by a deity

This board depicts the legend of a rabbit admonished by a deity

We can find next other smaller shrine on the way to the main shrine

Another smaller shrine

we hav ealmost reached  the last torii gate

Reaching the last torii gate

these are very interesting vestiges of an old dead sacred tree

Now, these are very interesting vestiges of an old dead sacred tree

It might be dead but its history is preserved and people venerate it in a very unusual way

It might be dead but its history is preserved and people venerate it in a very unusual way

those are the coins people inserted here

People insert one-yen coin offerings in its bark or rice straw garand

The shrine “offices” is where worshipers can buy souvenirs or talismans or consult their fortune

The shrine “offices” where worshipers can buy souvenirs or talismans or consult their fortune

Okuni Shrine (小国神社) in Mori Machi, Hamamatsu City

This side building is actually a Noh theater stage

That's the photo taken on the stage inside shirne

A peek at the stage

Finally we've arrived in front of the main shrine and haiden

The main shrine or “haiden”

One of the big stone lanterns stand next to the shrine

One of the big stone lanterns

A giant sacred hammer which symbolize the legend

A giant sacred hammer

Okuni Shrine (小国神社) in Mori Machi, Hamamatsu City

The rice straw garland and the many prayer bell ropes

Okuni Shrine (小国神社) in Mori Machi, Hamamatsu City

A pinion with the Emperor’s crest

Okuni Shrine (小国神社) in Mori Machi, Hamamatsu City

An older shrine beside the main hall

Okuni Shrine (小国神社) in Mori Machi, Hamamatsu City

Sake barrel from Hana No Mai Brewery in Hamamatsu City

Okuni Shrine (小国神社) in Mori Machi, Hamamatsu City

Sake barrels from Senjyu Brewery in Iwata City

Okuni Shrine (小国神社) in Mori Machi, Hamamatsu City

The torii gate to one of the many side entrances!

Okuni Shrine (小国神社) in Mori Machi, Hamamatsu City

You will discover some interesting promenades through the surrounding forest

Okuni Shrine (小国神社) in Mori Machi, Hamamatsu City

Complete with traditional bridges

Okuni Shrine (小国神社) in Mori Machi, Hamamatsu City

Very old cedar trees

Okuni Shrine (小国神社) in Mori Machi, Hamamatsu City

Beautiful bridge over a pond to another small shrine

Okuni Shrine (小国神社) in Mori Machi, Hamamatsu City

Good-bye Okuni!

    
Name Okuni Jinja
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Address 3956-1 Mori-machi, Shūchi District, Shizuoka
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3956-1 Mori-machi, Shūchi District, Shizuoka
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