[Kotonomama Hachimangu Shrine]
Your wishes might be granted exactly as you made them at this popular spot, which featured in "Makura no Soshi" (The Pillow Book)
Although the exact year it was founded is unknown, some believe that this Shinto shrine was built about 1,800 years ago. It is mentioned in "Makura no Soshi" (The Pillow Book in English), which was written in the Heian period. The place has been worshiped as a shrine where wishes come true through the spiritual power of words. It is said that the giant cedar tree—the sacred tree of the shrine—was planted by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro. The sight of the tree towering up into the sky is both beautiful and spiritually purifying. A camphor tree that has spread its branches wide in the precincts is also popular as a healing tree.
Surrounded by lush green, Kotonomama Hachimangu Shrine is filled with an atmosphere of the divine.
Upper left: The giant camphor tree next to the torii gate spreads its branches as if to cover the precincts. Upper right: The Ninotorii gate, seen from the haiden (worship hall) at the top of the stone stairs. Bottom: The giant sacred cedar tree that towers up into the sky is estimated to be 1,000 years old.
|Address||Yasaka 642, Kakegawa City, Shizuoka|
|Phone||+81-537-27-1690 (Japanese only)|
|Opening hours||Shrine can be visited at any time|
|Holidays||Open every day|
|Admission fee||Shrine grounds are free to enter|
|Access||Approx. 15 minutes by taxi from "Kakegawa Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen.|
updated on Sep 30, 2019
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