[Hotoku Ninomiya-jinja Shrine]
Pay homage to a symbol of diligence from Odawara: Master Ninomiya Sontoku
A statue of a boy reading a book with a bundle of firewood on his back—once a familiar sight at elementary schools all over Japan. The boy in the statue is known to many by the name of Ninomiya Kinjiro. Kinjiro the boy went on to become a great man of many achievements called Ninomiya Sontoku. The statue depicts how he devoted every spare moment to diligent study, starting from childhood. Master Ninomiya Sontoku is enshrined as a deity at Hotoku Ninomiya-jinja Shrine, which stands within the grounds of Odawara Castle. Two statues stand quietly within the shrine's lush green precincts—one of the boy Kinjiro and one of Sontoku, the old man.
The two bronze statues are the symbol of the shrine, and watch over everyone who comes to worship there.
Upper left: Many wooden votive plaques bear prayers about passing exams and achieving academic success. Upper right: The torii gate at the entrance to the ruins of Odawara Castle was built with timbers that had been used in a shrine in Ise Jingu. The timbers were given to this shrine when the one in Ise Jingu was rebuilt as part of the Shikinen Sengu ritual. Bottom: Hotoku Ninomiya-jinja Shrine nestles peacefully amid lush greenery.
|Address||8-10 Jonai, Odawara City, Kanagawa|
|Phone||+81-465-22-2250 (Japanese only)|
|Opening hours||9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (The gates close at 18:00, or 17:00 during the winter.)|
|Holidays||Open every day|
|Admission fee||Shrine grounds are free to enter|
|Access||Approx. 15-minute walk from the east exit of "Odawara Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen.|
updated on Sep 30, 2019
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