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Togakushi Shrine Chusha

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Togakushi Shrine Chusha

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3506 Toagakushi, Nagano 381-4101 Nagano Prefecture
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Benjamin M wrote a review Oct 2019
27 contributions2 helpful votes
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The old wooden torii gate here is impressive, and like other spots in Togakushi there are some very nice imposing cryptomeria (Japanese cedar) trees, including a three-trunked holy tree behind the torii
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Barry C wrote a review Jun 2019
Sleaford, United Kingdom474 contributions95 helpful votes
We took the Highland shuttle bus from Nagano, which took about one hour. The bus is fine for the short ride to Zenkoji temple, but is very uncomfortable for a one hour trip. We visited the Hinomikosha and Hokosha shrines first and then came to the precipitous stone staircase leading to the Chusa shrine. I counted 191 steps and arrived at the summit rather exhausted - why do they always build shrines and temples so high up? It is a beautiful spot, surrounded by very tall pine trees, but I felt the hard climb was not fully rewarded; the shrine is pleasant but nothing really special. After I started the climb, my wife discovered a winding path which also leads to the shrine, and this proved a much easier descent route. The bus stop and a couple of restaurants are near the bottom of the steps, so it is possible to relax with a large beer to recover from the mountaineering!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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pooky503is wrote a review Jan 2019
Tokyo, Japan645 contributions29 helpful votes
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We can feel a kind of power in this shrine area. So, it’s enough to say one of the power spots in Japan. In Every New Years holiday, I pray here and draw a fortune-telling slip. This is my annual routine. Winter scenery of this shrine is my best. You can feel atmosphere of which the Mountaineering ascetics practice. There is a manner of praying at shrine. When you pray, bow twice, clap twice, then bow once more. Almost Japanese throw a coin into the offering box for an offering to the Kami(God) before pray If you want to know more, please google “how to pray at japanese shrine”. Please remember these, when you visit Japanese shrine. Around this shrine, you can have soba noodle, a typical Japanese food. Uzuraya, which is one of soba restaurants and in front of this shrine, is my recommendation. Please google “uzuraya togakushi”. At Uzuraya, you can have Togakushi soba, a special soba noodle in the Togakushi area.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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S4542YGvisitor wrote a review Sep 2018
159 contributions50 helpful votes
Chusha looks like a main shrine among total 5 "Togakushi" shrines, and easy access near the bus stop and parking lots. Beautiful, quiet settings, steep stairs in front but there is another slope on the side, too. Buckwheat soba noodle restaurants are nearby, too. Maybe not too fancy with shops and stalls, etc., but you could imagine that this was a scene of ancient myth. Amazing.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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asdaSap wrote a review Aug 2018
Bangkok, Thailand619 contributions112 helpful votes
There were steps to reach the shrine but it was a short walk from the bus stop. I felt that shrine itself was the same as other shrines. One difference was there was a huge pine tree right in front of the shrine.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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