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Kisa Shrine (岐佐神社) in Bentenjima, Hamamatsu City!

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If you happen to walk along the Old Tokaido Road between Bentenjima and Maisaka in Hamamatsu City you will eventually discover a fairly large Shinto Shrine on your righ hand side: Kisa Shrine/岐佐神社!

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It is fairly ancient and has been rebuilt many a time as demonstrated by this goblin pinion which has been preciously preserved after one reconstruction!

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You realize it is still very much venerated when you find that the roofed stone hand-washing basin has still a placard demonstrating the proper way to cleanse yourself!

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Complete with a dragon water spout!

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As on many other ancient sites you will notice many a small shrine!

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Stone stairs leading to the main building!

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Lined up with many donated stone lanterns!

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Take your time to climb up the stairs!

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The “haiden/worshipers hall”!

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You can also reach it along a paves side way!

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in spite of the new roof you know an old shrine!

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The “komainu/lion guard” with its maw closed on the left!

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And its companion on the right with its maw closed!

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More lion guards on the roof!

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This highly venerated stone is called “Red wild boar stone”!

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Another old votive stone!

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Venerable pine trees all around!

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It was a short visit, so it is good-bye to Kisa Shrine for a while!

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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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Kinomoto Shrine (木之元神社) in Yoshiwara, Fuji City!

If you come out the south exit of Yoshiwara/吉原 Station between Fuji/富士 Station and Higasi Tago no Ura/東田子の浦 Station walk to your left on the main street and after 5 minutes you will find yourself at the bottom of a typical small rural Shinto Shrine!

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It is only a short way upstairs!

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The torii/鳥居, sacred gate!

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Kinomoto Shrine plaque!

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The small roofed concrete hand-washing basin!

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A short paved way to the shrine!

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The left lion guard with its mouth shut!

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The right lion guard with its open mouth!

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A venerable stone lantern!

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The “haiden/worshipers’ hall”!

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The sacred rice straw garland, the bell rope and the money offerings box!

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The whole shrine is well maintained!

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Side view!

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Another small shrine called Fushimi Inari Daimyoujin! The Goddess Inari looks after rice growers in particular!

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The Honden/sacred hall closed to the public!

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The roof decorations indicate that the shrine God is actually a Goddess!

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Good-bye, Kinomoto Shrine!

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Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社)in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

The other day I actually spent 3 hours waling from Sakurabashi Station, Shizutetsu line to Shin Shimizu Station circling around under the very mountains. before crossing Route 1 to turn back to the latter station I discovered the entrance of that particular shrine at the bottom of a lonely “hill”.

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It wasn’t that big, but the flight of stairs was so tempting!

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Made of concrete, the torii/main gate and its plaque are not that old, but they were already pretty worn out.

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The flight of stairs is climbing through a bamboo copse.

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About walking between two fairly old stone lanterns/ishidourou!

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The “haiden/main hall for worshippers”!

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More stone lanterns. I wondered about their motifs.

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A stag for one!

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A cloud!

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A mountain!

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More older stone lanterns!

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A small roofed hand washing stone basin!

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Let’s have a look at this other more recent stone lantern!

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A doe and a cloud!

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And three mountains!

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Beautiful enough for another picture!

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But I must say I was most impressed with the “komaini/Shishi/lion guards!

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The left one, always a mouth-shut lion, with its paw resting on the back of a smaller one!

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The right one, always with its mouth open!

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With its paw on a ball!
Notice the unusual red painting!

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The “haiden/main hall for worshippers!

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“Yasaka Jinja/八坂神社/Yasaka Shrine”!

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A smaller torii/gate at the back!

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The “honden/God’s hall” closed to the public!

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The back of the honden!

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The pinion denoting that this shrine is dedicated to a female Goddess!

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The whole place is surrounded with ancient pine trees!

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Taking a peek at a dragon under the roof of the honden!

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A last look at the roof and pinion!

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There was another small shrine or “kamidana” behind the haiden past the small torii!

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Related with the Isei Shrine in Mie Prefecture!

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More ancient pine trees!

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A last look again at the honden!

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Good-bye Yasaka shrine!

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Sonsha Ooi Shrine (村社大井神社) & Sui Shrine (水神社) in Shimada City!

If you take the Ikumi Line/伊久身線 in Shimada City you will notice a torii gate at the foot of a long stone stairway next to Mukaiaisuimon/向合水門 bus stop.

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At first I had surmised it was the location of a single shrine called Sonsha Ooi Shrine (村社大井神社) which can be translated to “Village Shrine under the jurisdiction of Ooi Shrine”

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The first torii gate at the foot of the flight of stairs!

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Actually there was a monument standing beside he same stairs!

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Probably marking the site of the original shrine!

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The stairs leading to the main shrine!

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Almost there!

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The main shrine!

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A real stone hand washing basin under its own roof!

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A very old wood money offerings box!

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The roof seemed in good enough repair!

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Walking around the main shrine I noticed something else behind.
Nothing surprising as very often bigger buildings are built in front of the original shrine to restrict the access!

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Can you see it?

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Access completely blocked from there!

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Try as I may I wouldn’t reach it that way!

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Neither from the left hand side!

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That is when I found a path leading up on the left!

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Trekking around it!

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The roof of the original shrine behind the main building!

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From a precarious height I could somehow see the largest part of it!

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I even managed to get down around it only to be blocked by a surrounding wall!

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I could also get an aerial view of the roof of the main building!

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A typical moon and sun stone lantern!

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Old wood!

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I’m afraid that is how far one can go barring a housebreak!

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I decided to walk back and down around it!

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A last glance!

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I had to tread carefully!

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Instead of cutting back along my steps I decided to walk more to the right along another narrow path. That is when I discovered the second shrine!

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Usual rice straw garland but unusual metal money offerings box!

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A different style of stone lantern!

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Another smaller and older shrine!

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Down a modern flight of stairs!

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What do we have here?

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The name of the shrine by the stone hand washing basin under a roof!
Sui Shrine (水神社)!

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It does not look as as impressive as the shrine it is supposed to look after!

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Same stone lantern as above!

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Its torii gate!

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The bridge leading to it!

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A quaint shrine!

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Good-bye, sui Shrine!

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Walking around back to the original entrance!

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How long has that tree been there?

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Good-bye Sonsha Ooi Shrine!

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Floating Shinto Shrine in Shimada City!

If you ride along the Ikumi Line/伊久身線 in Shimada City you will discover a small new shnto shrine near the Dai Ichi Shogakou/第一小学校 bus stop!

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You can’t miss it as it is located near a cemetery amenities shop!

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It might be small but the bright white and red colors peek through the trees!

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You will see it across the street!

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This is the Shinto Shrine with its torii gate in front!

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But the building beside it is a Buddhist Temple!
It is not rare in Japan to find the two faiths cohabiting peacefully!

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The Temple is not that big but it is old although someone lives inside!

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Many temples and shrines share the same architectural characteristics!

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Interestingly enough the shrine, although it bears no visible name, has two different torii ates!

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A typical shrine color in Japan although it might vary between light orange and red purpleRE!

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But this one is very new!

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You are easily excused if you think at first this all the same religious site!

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The small temple is really old but its roofing is in good repair!

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But the rest of it might need some work!

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The walls areas simple as they can be!

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But I wouldn’t change the pinions!

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Taking a last peek around the building!

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Good-bye, “floating shrine”!

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Hachiman Shrine (八幡神社) in Kawaguchi, Shimada City!

If you board a bus on the Ikumi Line/伊久身線 in Shimada City and go down at a bus stop called Yama Ie/山家, walk across the bridge and you will find this shrine on your right at the next crossroads!

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Although the name ”八幡” is usually pronounced “Hyahatta”, the locals call the shrine “Hachiman”!

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An old and a bit lonely stone hand washing basin!

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The main shrine!

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Big and fairly new stone lantern!

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Venerable cedar tree!

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Walking nearer…

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The left lion guard!

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Not really smiling…

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With a paw resting on the back of a small lion!

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The roaring lion guard on the right!

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With its paw resting atop a globe!

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No money offerings box?

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I discovered a smaller shrine on the left!

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It has a small wooden money offerings box!

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Actually the real shrine like in many other places is behind the main building!

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Sometimes I wonder why they are not readily accessible!

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Doors secured with an old-fashioned lock!

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The roofing is in good repair!

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Seen through the main building sliding doors (locked!)!

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There was another small ancient shrine to be found on the right!

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With its own money offerings box!

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A better view from that angle actually!

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It was a blazing hot day!

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A last look at the main building!

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Good-bye, Hachiman!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
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, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents