Togakushi shrine : Lower shrine (Hōkō-sha)

The Togakushi shrines are a group of three shrine areas located in the mountainous region north of Nagano. They got their name from being situated at the base of Mount Togakushi.

The one called the lower shrine (Hōkō-sha) is located at a lower altitude compared to the other two. It enshrines a female God protecting maternity, academic life and sewing!

Interestingly, a long time ago, the Togakushi shrines were also Buddhist temples as it was common in ancient Japan.

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Country: Japan
Area : Chubu area
Prefecture : Nagano-ken
City : Nagano-shi
District : Togakushi
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Since my better half is Japanese I often have the chance to travel to Japan. I grew fond over time of this magnificent country. I thought of sharing with you some places worth visiting in this little but growing travel guide to Japan. I try to show with images what I can’t express with words. I hope you may find here some inspiration!

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