After crossing a steep Yama-futatsu valley and going down a flat road,
you will arrive at a shrine with old stone torii gate in front of you.
Here is Okutsunomiya Shrine [奥津宮] the oldest shrine of Enoshima Jinja Shrines.
When the road bends to the right, it is arrived at Okutsunomiya Shrine
- [Opening Hours] Precincts open throughout the day
- [Admission] free
There is a old stone torii gate stands in front of the shrine. It is said that was donated by Minamoto no Yoritomo the founder and first shogun of the Kamakura shogunate in 1185.
Originally, here was the main shrine of Enoshima Jinja. The statue of the goddess was staying and moved from Iwaya Cave during the summer to escape from high tide.
The ceiling of shrine building, has been drawn picture of a turtle that
was facing the front.
This picture is called as Happo-niramino-kame
[八方睨みの亀] (a turtle watching all the direction).
Because of even when viewed from any direction, the turtle appear to look straight to you. Try it!!
There is a "Kame-ishi
"[亀石] (Turtle Stone)
that the stone has a pattern, like an turtle shell in the front garden
of the shrine.
Also there is a "Chikara-ishi"
[力石] stone placed in near around of Kame-ishi stone. This Chikara-ishi stone was donated by a man who were said to be most powerful in the nation at that time in Edo era, weighing 320kg.
*These stones are enshrined in here. Don't touch and not to sit down on
A lot of trees planted in the garden around the shrine such as cherry,
Japanese plum, hydrangea and more. You will be able to enjoy the beautiful
sight of the seasons that flowers are colored, which has been going on
for decades and hundreds of years at this place.
There are some tourist spots and shops around the shrine.
Turn right with a little ahead from the shrine, there is a strange appearance
of small rocky mound that a dragon riding on, to your right.
This is Wadatsumi-no-miya
[龍宮] (shrine worshiping the dragon) built in 1994.
You can enter into the mound and look inside during daytime.
There are some old Japanese style houses around Wadatsumi-no-Miya.
Those of them are seafood restaurants and Japanese style sweets cafe that
you can experience Japanese style atmosphere not only the cuisine.
Here is one of the recommended place to take a commemorative photo.
Just opposite of Wadatsumi-no-miya Dragon Shrine, there is a path that
leads into the woods.
While walk along the trail, it divided into two. If you go right, you will
see a fence covered with many padlocks shortly.
Here is "Ryuren-no-Kane
"[龍恋の鐘] (Hill of the love bell) that was built in 1996 named after
a old tale of Benzaiten goddess and five-headed dragon.
A custom that lovers put a padlock on the fence as same as the Pont des
Arts bridge in Paris began unawares. And this custom was widespread by
that main character of the lovers also did it here in a movie.
This lot of padlocks removed in one year, in order to prevent the collapse of the fence.
The surrounding area of "Ryuren no Kane" is pristine forest and
possible to walk under overgrown trees.
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