Hodosan Shrine

Hodosan Shrine, Nagatoro-machi

Hodosan Shrine
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
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Worth a visit
Nov 2017
Hodosan Jinja is straight up the hill from the station and through the giant white torii. Get there early in the morning to try to beat the crowds, but the first tour group arrives fairly early. The shrine has an interesting history, one that should be read before a visit. In the compound, there are a couple of carved wood bas relief plaques memorializing the emperor’s son and the fire and the reason for the shrine being in this location. The shrine is very Tokugawa in appearance and seemed a bit extravagant after all the more sedate architecture we’d seen on this trip since Nikko four weeks before. The colors and the carvings provide excellent photo-ops of decorative details. In addition to the main shrine hall and a smaller holiest-of-holies, there are other small ancillary shrines around the back. There is also an assortment of other buildings, treasuries, libraries and such. We found the ancient well which determined where the emperor’s son chose to establish the shrine; curiously, it was utterly neglected by the hurry-up hurry-up tour groups. There a stone stairs through woods and little paths to get you back to your starting point. We completed the loop, returning to the pond we first photographed from the other side. This time we discovered koi and turtles in the water and lovely reflections of colorful trees. At the end of our visit, we turned downhill heading back towards the station, stopping briefly at the (very useful) toilets near the starting point of our visit.

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Vermont6,627 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
Hodosan Jinja is straight up the hill from the station and through the giant white torii.

Get there early in the morning to try to beat the crowds, but the first tour group arrives fairly early.

The shrine has an interesting history, one that should be read before a visit. In the compound, there are a couple of carved wood bas relief plaques memorializing the emperor’s son and the fire and the reason for the shrine being in this location.

The shrine is very Tokugawa in appearance and seemed a bit extravagant after all the more sedate architecture we’d seen on this trip since Nikko four weeks before. The colors and the carvings provide excellent photo-ops of decorative details.

In addition to the main shrine hall and a smaller holiest-of-holies, there are other small ancillary shrines around the back. There is also an assortment of other buildings, treasuries, libraries and such.

We found the ancient well which determined where the emperor’s son chose to establish the shrine; curiously, it was utterly neglected by the hurry-up hurry-up tour groups. There a stone stairs through woods and little paths to get you back to your starting point. We completed the loop, returning to the pond we first photographed from the other side. This time we discovered koi and turtles in the water and lovely reflections of colorful trees.

At the end of our visit, we turned downhill heading back towards the station, stopping briefly at the (very useful) toilets near the starting point of our visit.
Written September 8, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

fictio_amber_526
72 contributions
Sep 2015 • Family
this was built 1900years ago
by Yamato Takeru. now ,It colored very beatiful, It likes Nikko-Toshogu shrine.very quiet place I like it.
To acces ,from Nagatoro station It
takes 10minut and The shrin street has some of caffe.If you hate to wailk,may be take FREE BUS from station to Hodosan-roapway (ferrovia )near the Hodosan-shrine.
Written September 22, 2015
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YokohamaDancer
Taito, Japan53 contributions
Nov 2011 • Couples
Hodosan shrine's grounds can be walked around in 10 minutes or so, and the shrine and out-building, torii, etc. added nice architectural elements to combine with photos of the maple trees. The shrine building itself was ornately carved and painted, and it looks a lot like the Toshogu shrine in Nikko. Definitely should see it if you're going to go up Mt. Hodo on the ropeway.
Written November 23, 2011
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Mark T
Houston, TX399 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
. I visited here in order to see sakura flowers(Cherry blossoms).I visited here on April 16th 2019.Usually, people can see the flowers in the early April.There is a tourist information center beside Nagatoro station.You need to ask about some onformation of the flowers.You can see a big trii gate.You walk for 20 minutes to the shrine.In the cherry blossom season, you need to stop by Nozuchiyama and Torinuke no sakura to watch the flowers.The shrine is magnificent.Basically, I visited here in order to watch the flowers.You may consider visiting here during the flower season in the early April.
Written April 16, 2019
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Keizo
Kawasaki, Japan1,524 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
I visited this temple because this is one of the 3 Chichibu Shrines but it has no particular point of interest so I do not recommend that you go there to visit this place.
Written September 22, 2017
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Joy_Sinha
Kolkata (Calcutta), India2,388 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
The Hodo San shrine at Nagatoro is located at a walking distance of about 15 minutes from the Nagatoro station on the Chichibu Railways. It is wonderfully located with lush green surroundings and at the base of mountain. The locality is picturesque and calm.
Written May 22, 2017
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Giffy-kun
Bangkok41 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
Hodosan shrine is located near the Nagatoro station. Along the way to the shrine has a good view. This place was so peaceful. The Torii is in front of the shrine.The shrine itself has colorful. I spent about an hour there.
Written January 3, 2017
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Vanessa Y
Tokyo, Japan815 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
Being autumn, we decided to go up Hodo-san first on the ropeway, to see the sunset. We probably should have gone a little earlier, in order to walk around at a more leisurely pace. We climbed up the final part of the mountain to Okumiya (the small shrine, near the summit). It was very quiet and serene. The shrine's minder was playing the shamisen beautifully ... we then walked up the last part of the mountain to see the beautiful sunset on the mountains. Be careful not to miss the last ropeway down ... as it might be quite a scary walk down in the dark ...
As it was now dark, we went down to the main shrine - which was now lit up. The autumn leaves were gorgeous all lit up so bright and the reflection on the pond was beautiful. The shrine itself (is not that old - built in the Meiji Era) but, has some gorgeous reliefs ... I definitely want to go again during the day to enjoy more of the detail. The front part shows 5 dragons - which I've never seen ... usually they add more mythical animals in the design. Take your time ... !
Written November 28, 2016
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artchix17
USA32 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
If you're going to the top of Hodosan to take in the blooming wintersweet and plum trees, by all means stop at this picturesque shrine, where you can buy a fortune in the shape of a miniature fan, along with seasonal local edibles.
Written February 10, 2016
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