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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

History

Kasugayama-jinja Shrine 春日山神社

Ruins from Warring States Period stand solemnly on Mt. Kasuga

Halfway up Mt. Kasuga, where the locals’ revered General Uesugi Kenshin from the Warring States Period used to reside, lies the Kasugayama Shrine. This wooden shrine was built by children’s literature author, Ogawa Mimei’s father.

Don't Miss

  • Occasional sword performance by samurai actors in front of the shrine
  • The annual Kenshinko Festival where hundreds of samurai actors march the streets in Kasugayama
  • The great views of Joetsu City on top of Mt. Kasuga

How to Get There

It can be accessible by train then by bus or car.

By public transportation: After taking the Joetsu Shinkansen to JR Joetsumyoko Station, take the Main Line to Naoetsu Station. Then, transfer to a Kubiki Bus and get off at the ‘’Kasugayama-shita’’ stop. The shrine is a 30 minute walk from there.

By car: The shrine is a 15-minute drive from the ‘’Joetsu-takada IC’’ interchange on the Joshinetsu Expressway. Free parking is available at the bottom of the shrine.

Elements in the shrine

Kasugayama Shrine is robust and linear in look. The lines appear to be very solid on this Shinto shrine. On the shrine grounds, you can find animal statues that are fairytale motifs, and relics and documents of Uesugi Kenshin. As the shrine sits on a mountain, it gives off a mighty and powerful vibe.

Hiking

For those that are active, take a hike up to the top of Mt. Kasuga to look over the city of Joetsu. It is not a difficult hike, and passes through important points of castle ruins during wartime in the Warring States Period.

Surrounding attractions

The nearby Rinsen-ji Temple is worth checking out too as that is where Kenshin studied and trained in military arts.

Kenshinko Festival

Every year on the 4th Saturday and Sunday in August, hundreds of samurai actors (volunteers from the city) will dress in full armor and march the streets of Kasugayama for Kenshinko Festival, an occasion to commemorate Kenshin. The highlight of the festival is undoubtedly the reenactment of the Kawanakajima Battle; hundreds of actors and horses are involved in this performance.

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