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Visitors must take the Togakushi-Kodo (old transport system road) deep into the mountains and walk a 2-km-long approach to get to Togakushi Shrine. Gigantic Japanese cedars soar up as they line both sides of the shrine’s approach. This is one of Japan’s most prosperous fengshui spots. It is believed that the strong life force of the Togakushi Mountain range has the power to purify built up toxins, energise vitality, and to bring good fortune and the power to achieve aspirations. Togakushi Shrine is located at the foot of Mt. Togakushi, a sacred mountain, and is popular throughout Japan as a power spot with a history of over 2,000 years. It is composed of five shrine buildings: Okusha, Kuzuryusha, Nakasha, Hinomikosha, and Hokosha, each with its own very distinctive deity. A visit to Togakushi Shrine would be a great trip for those looking for a change of mood or a way to improve one’s fortune.
- 3506 Togakushi, Nagano-shi, Nagano
- Contact No.
- 40-min walk from Togakushi-Okusha Iriguchi Bus Stop; 1 hour 10 minutes by bus from JR Nagano Station for Togakushi Camp-jo via Kawanakajima Bus Birdline
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Access to mountain closed during winter
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 1.5 hours
- Admission fee
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
Japanese Cedar’s Along the Approach to Okusha
A path lined with over 400-year-old Japanese cedars comes into view on passing through the gate at the entrance to Okusha’s approach. From this point, the air itself changes, creating a sacred atmosphere, topped by the giant cedars that tower straight up to the sky! The sounds of chirping birds and light filtering through the trees makes for a very refreshing experience.
Nakasha is the liveliest and brightest of all five shrines that make up Togakushi Shrine. It is a good place for a break as there are souvenir stores and restaurants where visitors can enjoy Togakushi Soba (buckwheat noodles). The three 900-year-old Japanese cedars within the grounds have been revered as sacred trees since ancient times, bringing a solemn air to their surroundings.
A stone stairway over 270 steps with very old Japanese cedars trees on both sides leads to the solemn shrine of Hokosha. The artistic beauty of this shrine is very impressive, with its intricate carvings on the shrine’s structure. The deity enshrined here is a god of learning, crafts, sewing, safe births, and protector of girls.
Togakushi Soba is known as one of the top three famous styles of soba in Japan. Its great tasting flavor is said to come from the good quality spring water of Togakushi that is used. Try out this style of soba on your visit to Togakushi Shrine!
This consistently popular soba restaurant has been continuously ranked No.1 on numerous gourmet websites. It is located near the large tori (gate) to Nakasha, and is so popular that there are nearly always visitors waiting to eat there. Visitors can watch as soba is made through the window next to entrance. The interior is styled as an old Japanese house, and has a relaxed atmosphere. You can enjoy Nihon-shu (Japanese rice wine) along with soba and tempura here.