Usa Hachiman Shrine

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Mar 2014 • Couples
We took a Japanese bus tour to the Kunisaki Peninsula as a way to see the various temples and shrines that we otherwise could not easily visit on our own. The tour was conducted in Japanese, but the guide made sure to tell us at each spot when the bus would leave for the next venue and we were free to wander on our own. This suited us just fine.

At Usa, the Hachiman Shrine is the headquarters for over 40,000 nationwide Hachiman shrines and the main hall is designated as a national treasure. We had limited time here and since it was the first stop of the tour we were not yet attuned to the ways of the guide and the driver. We rushed ahead of the group to be sure to see all we wanted to and to be sure to get back to the bus at the assigned time.

This is a very large temple complex, involving a fair amount of walking. There’s a lower level shrine complex with broad walkways, temple buildings, ponds and bridges, and stairs leading up the hill to the upper shrine complex where the main buildings are located. In addition there were many sub-buildings and tourist shops spread about. I wish we had had more time here. We visited the main buildings but unfortunately had to by-pass many due to time constraints. The main shrine is an unusual double structure, in the typical red and white colors of Shinto shrines, and difficult to see into. We were impressed to read that its prestige is second only to Ise, which we visited on an earlier trip.

If you have the option to self-drive, spending more time here is recommended. I wish we had been able to do so.
Written July 16, 2014
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