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

Okuni Shrine (小国神社)is one of the four major Shinto Shrines in Shizuoka Prefecture although its location is not that practical.

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The first of a few torri 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 a t small station called Tootoumi Ichinomiya/遠江一宮 and take a free limousine to the Shrine!
Bear in mind there are only few during the day so plan your trip t start early in the day!

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

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

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The large roofed hand-washing stone basin!

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Better come on a weekday as weekends can be crowded!

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

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

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Another smaller shrine!

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Reaching the last torii gate!

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

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

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

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

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This side building is actually a Noh theater stage!

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A peek at the stage!

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The main shrine or “haiden”!

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One of the big stone lanterns!

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A giant sacred hammer!

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The rice straw garland and the many prayer bell ropes!

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A pinion with the Emperor’s crest!

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An older shrine beside the main Hall!

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Sake barrel from Hana No Mai Brewery in Hamamatsu City!

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Sake barrels from Senjyu Brewery in Iwata City!

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The torii gate to one of the many side entrances!

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You will discover some interesting promenades through the surrounding forest!

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Complete with traditional bridges!]

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Very old cedar trees!

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Beautiful bridge over a pond to another small shrine!

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Good-bye Okuni Shrine!

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