Nabe Shrine/那部神社 is located quite a long way on foot from Yaizu JR Station but it is worth the log walk even by a scorching summer day.
It is located in Hamatome 3 Chome at the foot of a hill overlooking the sea past a steep cliff.
The reason it is located from the center is that it had always been a major shrine for local fishermen.
There are no less than three stone torii gates along the way leading to the shrine.
The oldest of three torii!
It has its own roofed stone hand washing basin, although it is not regularly filled with water.
But is is still worth having a look at!
Dragon water spout!
Don’t steal it! (Unfortunately this happened recently in our Prefecture!)
Many stone lanterns have been donated through the ages!
An old lantern with a new pedestal!
Apparently it had a different name a long time ago, unless it had two distinctive names as it is the abode of not one, but of two deities!
You will discover a rare combination of two statues of lion guards and deities each!
The left hand side komainu/lion guard with its maw closed!
And its left hand side companion with its maw opened!
The deity on the left is Ebisu/恵比寿, the God of fishermen in particular!
The other deity is Daikokuten/大黒天, the God of prosperity among other attributes!
The “haiden/wosrhipers’ hall!
Complete with the usual paraphernalia!
Nabe Shrine/那閉神社 in the old writing!
The wooden money offerings box!
Decorated with a beautiful”mon/Japanese crest”!
A couple more smaller but probably older shrines!
An outside view of the “honden/God’s hall closed to outsiders!
An old anchor donated by local fishermen!
More smaller shrines!
The beautiful pinion of the haiden!
Yet another smaller shrine!
Another side view of the honden!
A back view of the alley!
Good-bye, Nabe Shrine!
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