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Mitsumine Shrine

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ANI_TOKYO wrote a review Nov 2019
Nishitokyo, Japan256 contributions53 helpful votes
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とても有名ですが今まで訪問したことがなかった場所でした。 秋に行くのがお勧めです。紅葉の美しさが素晴らしいのです。 It’s a quite famous but I haven’t there before. Great view in Autumn with colorful leaves there and the road side. Amazing landscape but you should be carefully about Bears. Very good hiking route and standing view at the mountain. Access is not so bad from Tokyo, bullet train from Ikebukuro to Chichibu, then change the line to Chichibu line and taking local train for Mitsumine Fuchi. Then taking bus to there. It’s a bit long trip but view from the window is so nice. Long history is behind the place, and also not too many visitors like Takai-san Mt.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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altair06 wrote a review Feb 2019
Chiba, Japan84 contributions20 helpful votes
This shrine is literally on a mountain and a kick-off point of some serious hiking on the Chichibu area. We went here on a day tour for the icicles and this was included in the itinerary. Highlights include the Haiden (main worship hall), the white torii, Shigetada-sugi tree (800 yrs old, do not forgot to touch it!), the zuishinmon (shrine gate) and the Youhaiden (the pavillion overlooking the Chichibu area. I would suggest spending the whole day here, because the shrine is really part of huge complex especially if you are commuting by train+bus. Driving would be more convenient but not necessary. There is a restaurant on the shrine grounds serving delicious local snacks. The shrine has no entrance fee even if I think the level/detail of shrine design is same as with those in Nikko.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Retron wrote a review Oct 2017
Leysdown-on-Sea, United Kingdom120 contributions54 helpful votes
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I visited Mitsumine at the end of 2016 with a friend and we both thoroughly enjoyed our time there. This year we were back in Tokyo and we both wanted to go back - not least because we missed part of the shrine (the old part of it) and the shops and museum were closed in December. In the intervening months it seems that Mitsumine has been featured on a TV programme in Japan, as a "power spot". As a result, visitor numbers have gone up - which means you have to be quick off the mark if you're taking the rickety old bus to the shrine. As with last year, we went from Ikebukuro to Chichibu on the Seibu-Chichibu line. The tourist office has closed at Ikebukuro (they helped last year with filling in the train ticket forms), but luckily said forms are now in English as well as Japanese. The bus still leaves from the Chichibu train station, but this time there was a long queue awaiting us - unlike last time where we were the only ones heading for the shrine as we got off the train. Luckily, we were able to get seats on the bus (it's a 75-minute ride), but there were several people who had to stand throughout. More people got on as the bus stopped en route to the shrine. This time upon arrival at the shrine we both went straight past everything and headed west - for beyond the hotel, there's a path leading to the original old shrine. Unlike the new shrine (which is very fancy, colourful and dedicated to the founders of Japan), the old shrine is much more modest - and is the shrine which is dedicated to the wolf said to have guided the prince through the forest nearly 2000 years ago. The old shrine has plenty of wolf statues around it (and plenty more inside), along with offerings of sake and such placed there by worshippers. It was well worth the visit! The new shrine itself was just as before - splendid in every way and clearly fondly looked after. The guardian wolf statues had new bibs and there were different votive tablets (ema) for sale at the shrine shop. This time I picked up some of the new year ceremonial arrows, as well as some ema, another ofuda and some little wooden wolf charms (with bells). Unlike last time, the museum and main wolf gift shop was open. The museum is fascinating. It contains several pelts of wolves (including a Honshu wolf from Chichibu), as well as all sorts of things from the shrine in years gone by. There's also a story board explaining how the shrine was founded. It's all in Japanese, with pretty much no English whatsoever, but it's still well worth a visit. The only downside is that photography isn't allowed, so you'll have to make do with the museum's pamphlet. The wolf shop was well worth visiting. It's the only place in Japan that stocks so much wolf merchandise, as far as I'm aware, and aside from some rather overpriced soft toy wolves the rest of it was unique. I've been to wolf centres across the States, Canada, France, Spain and the UK - and most of the items on sale at Mitsumine were unique. They had laser-etched crystal replicas of the shrine (and wolf guardians), little glass wolves and pawprints, lots of types of sake - and glasses - a Japanese-style pen set, enamel badges and lots more besides. I spent a small fortune there, something not lost on the lady who served me - she disappeared for a bit, then came back with a carrier bag full of small square bits of paper. "Origami, tanabata", she said. She gave the bag to me, as a gift, meaning I've now got enough bits of paper to make a whole mass of origami wolves! Having seen how busy the bus was on the way out, we decided to get to the bus queue 25 minutes early for the way back. There was already quite a queue and we were lucky to get seats. It seems that Mitsumine has become more popular than before, so if you plan to visit there are a few things to bear in mind: * The museum and wolf shop are closed for the winter period - December to March. * They're also closed every Tuesday. * The shrine is more popular than ever, so be prepared to get to the bus stop at least 20 minutes before the bus is due to arrive. This is much harder to do on the way out if you're coming from Tokyo! * Weekdays are quieter than weekends, but there are fewer buses running. * Avoid the 1st of the month unless you really like queueing - special talismans/charms are given away and the queues are astronomical these days! 3km or more of queues aren't unheard of, meaning it'll take you hours and hours just to get to the shrine.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Luis R wrote a review Oct 2017
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico14 contributions4 helpful votes
A very spiritual place. The scenery, history and the different monuments and shrines within..unique.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Keizo wrote a review Sep 2017
Kawasaki, Japan1,470 contributions239 helpful votes
It is located in the upper mountainside so takes long time to reach there. About one hour and half by rapid express from Ikebukuro to Seibu Chichibu of Seibu Ikebukuro Line and then one hour 15 minutes by express bus. You should take seats in the car number 1 of the rapid express '' Red Arrow'' which is the closest to the station exit and be prepared to dash to the Bus waiting line. The shrine is more and more popular after having appeared on TV so even in weekdays there are many visitors and if you are unlucky you have to stand 75 minutes in the bus. You can enjoy good scenery and the beautiful shrine.I liked the shrine very much.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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