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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
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 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
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare 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
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving 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
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
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 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

Kinpu-jinja Shrine 金峯神社

A shrine dedicated to the god of gold, and a gateway for holy pilgrimages

Kinpu-jinja Shrine is dedicated to the god of Mt. Yoshino, Kanayamahiko-no-Mikoto, a patron saint of gold mines and miners.

How to Get There

A 30-minute drive from Yoshino Ropeway's upper station, Yoshinoyama Station.

Spring blossoms and ancient cedars

Enjoy peaceful surroundings on the way to Kinpu-jinja Shrine. Ancient Japanese Cedars tower over you in the forest, and flowering trees and bushes give splashes of color at various seasons. Hydrangeas paint the early summer, and visitors flock to see the cherry blossoms in March or April.

The gateway to ascetic pilgrimages

Kinpu-jinja Shrine has been used for ascetic training since before the Edo period (1603-1867) and is still used for this practice today. The sect associated with this shrine is Shugendo Mountain Asceticism. People receive training and pray here before embarking on long pilgrimages. The area is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site as part of these pilgrimage routes.

The cleansing ceremony

You can join one of these ascetic practices for a small fee. Cleansing ceremonies are held inside the Kakure-to Pagoda. This is one of the very few chances to enter a pagoda of a shrine, so if you are up to the challenge, a cleansing ceremony here makes for a unique experience. The ceremony is in Japanese only, so some Japanese language skills or a guide are required.

The legend of Yoshitsune's escape

This shrine is home to a historical legend. According to legend, the brother of Minamoto Yoshitsune, who was a warrior from the 12th century, was jealous of Yoshitsune's power and popularity and chased him to this shrine.

Yoshitsune hid himself in the pagoda here for a time. After that, the pagoda was named the Kakure-to, or hideout, pagoda. Accounts vary as to whether or not he was able to ultimately avoid being captured by his brother's servants. The current pagoda is a latter-day reconstruction, but it is still remembered as the source of this legend.

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