This atmospheric sanctuary is hidden among the cypress forests surrounding Takamori, covered in moss and stone lanterns, lining up the stone stairs to the sanctuary.
The stone stairs lead to a hill in a pine forest directly from the main road which doesn’t seem like a special place, but as you go up the steps (about 300 of them) it becomes a marvelous path that leads to a beautiful shrine, the Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu shrine, It is considered a mystical place, calm, quiet and with a spiritual atmosphere that surrounds one of Japan’s most visited places. It is surrounded by beautiful nature accompanied by a magical tree, the Nagi Tree, a sacred tree that brings good luck for lasting relationships because Nagi leaves are difficult to pluck.
Behind the main hall, another path leads to a large sacred stone called Ugetoiwa, which has a 10-meter hole through it. According to local legend, the hole was created when a demon escaped from the rock. It is said that if this hole could be created, any difficulty can be overcome and thus the rock has become a symbol for achieving difficult goals. Photo by photresbienne