Togakushi Shrine

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The lower shrine Hōkō-sha
The middle shrine Chū-sha
The upper shrine Oku-sha
Planted in the 17th century, the cedar-lined approach to the upper shrine Oku-sha

The Togakushi Shrine (戸隠神社?, Togakushi Jinja) is a Shinto shrine in Togakushi, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. The shrine is at the base of Mount Togakushi (1,904 metres (6,247 ft)) in Jōshin'etsu Kōgen National Park.[1] Togakushi Shrine consists of five shrines, known as the lower, middle, and upper shrine area (Togakushi Hōkō-sha, Hino-miko-sha, Togakushi Chū-sha, Togakushi Oku-sha and Kuzuryu-sha respectively), each area about 2 km apart.

The approach to the upper shrine is known for its natural beauty, lined with over 300 majestic Cryptomeria trees.

and Kuzuryu-sha beside Oku-sha, the establishment than Oku-sha stale, age is unknown. Kuzuryu means nine-headed dragon. The dragon is calling for rain, and Togakushi village has abundant spring water from mountains.

  • The Hōkō-sha (lower shrine) is to a patron goddess, protecting maternity, academic life, and sewing
  • The Hino-miko-sha is God of fire and the performing arts
  • The Chū-sha (middle shrine) is God of wisdom
  • The Oku-sha (upper shrine) is God's marvelous threw rocks
  • The Kuzuryu-sha is God of rain and landowner God of Togakushi villages

Around five shrine and pilgrimage certification seal gosyuin to make things possible.


Oku-sha dates to BC 210, in at least one theory.[citation needed] The Emperor AD 684, made the map and a temporary building. In AD 849 and monks "Gakumon" began in the Oku-sha.

Togakushi shrine was a pilgrimage sight for eight centuries later, 3000 one temple was located. 33 Cave on Mt. togakushi, pilgrims devoted to prayer in the cave. Core cave in Oku-sha. Oku-sha building continued into the cave's secret inside the caves.

Its name was ranked with the Ise-jingu Shrine, Koya-san Temple and Enryaku-ji temples.

Togakushisan Kansyuin Kenkou-ji was the formal name of the togakushi Temple.

Two major esoteric Buddhist sects, Singon and Tendai fought for the hegemony of Togakushi Temple. Eventually the Singon sect cause lost the case and left Togakushi.

Togakushi shrine was changed to the shrine from the Temple Ordinance of the 19th century government separation "Shinbutsu bunri", "Haibutsu kishaku", "Shinbutsu bunri".

It was common for temples and shrines until the 19th century in Japan to be the same place. Until the 19th century was dedicated to "Avalokiteśvara".

Togakushi shrine to shrine migrate relatively smoothly from the temple. Seems little damage to the buildings and statues. Statues housed in the temple was moved to the nearby temple.

But many separation decree at the time with the destructive action harsher studied thoroughly. By the privilege of priests until it was increasingly frustrated people.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Togakushiyama". Dijitaru Daijisen (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Togakushi Shrine at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 36°44′34″N 138°05′07″E / 36.74278°N 138.08528°E / 36.74278; 138.08528