Kiyomizu dera(Temple) in Shizuoka!?


If you know well about Kyoto, or you are interested in Japanese temples, you might have heard “Kiyomizu temple(tera)” in Kyoto. It’s a great temple on the cliff, surrounded by green. And we, here in Shizuoka, have this in the pic. What is this? It’s called Kiyomizu san park. I think, it’s named after “Kiyomizu dera” in Kyoto. There’s a deck on the cliff just like the one in Kyoto. from the deck, you can see a city scape of Shizuoka city. And underneath of it, water is running like a big waterfall. It’s connected to the mountain back there, so you can hike up the mountain if you want to. 

It’s a quite big park. Kids are running around, there are free parking space along the street, it’s a nice place.

P1040680Next to this park, there’s actually a temple called “Kiyomizu dera“!! The principle image is “Senjyu Kannon”(the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy with a 1,000 arms!) There are not many shrines or temples that have Senjyu Kannon around here.

And this”Kiyomizu dera” is also one of the registered tangible cultural properties. They have summer festivals in July. So that might be a great timing when you should visit there! Since there’s a big park next to it, there are going to be many food stalls.

Open-ClosedI don't think they're ever closed.
Address27-8 Otowa-cho, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken, Japan 422-8006
AccessShizutetsu Train: Either from JR Shin-Shizuoka or Shimizu get on a train, and get off at "Otowa cho" st. Only the 3rd st. from Shizuoka. 120yen/adult, 60yen/child, From Shin-Shimizu, 280yen/adult, 140yen/child.
NoteKiyomizu dera Wikipedia

Shrines / Temples


SENGEN Jinjya(shrine)
IMG_2961Shizuoka Sengen Shrine is located in the north of the downtown area of Shizuoka. It’s walking distance from the downtown area. It’s a collaborative shrine of three different Shinto shrines, which means “you get to see three different types of historical shrine buildings and and more related buildings at one place!” They’re waiting for you! 

Just walk up the “Sengen dori” (old shopping street). You will see a big, red, Torii(Shinto gateway) at the end of the street. Yes, that’s the gate for Shizuoka Sengen Shrine! And, there’s also another Tori on the eastern side of the shrine. If you come from “Hase dori”(another old shopping street), you’ll then see another Torii. This one is “white”! The red one is made of wood, and the white one is made of stone. It’s interesting to see them both.

IMG_2979 Then, there’s an another gate inside of the Torii. This one is inspiring, but don’t get inspired yet. You’re one more gate away from the beautiful main buildingWhen you go through those gates, you will find a place with water running at the either the red or white gate. It’s the place where you purify yourself before worshiping by rinsing your mouth and washing your hands. After you do so, now, you’re finally ready go inside and get inspired! See the video blow for more beautiful pics.


Sengen Jinjya(shrine)
ClosedThey don't know, but I've never seen the gates closed.
Address102-1 Miyagasaki, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken, Japan, 420-0868 
AccessBus:JR Shizuoka st. Bus terminal @9 take "Abe-line"(any bus of #109 to 114, #116,118, or 119) , or @10 "Ando Jyunkan line"(#1 or 2), Get off at "Akadorii Sengenjinjya Iriguchi". Approx 8 min ride. 190yen/adult 100yen/Child
Admission FeeIt's free if you just go in there. (But you need a few coins, like 5 yen coins to throw into the offering boxes.)
NoteSengen Shrine Website



GOKOKU Jinjya (Shrine)

This path leads you to the main building, Hondo.

I thought this GOKOKU Shrine is one of the most beautiful shrines in Shizuoka. When you go there, you’ll probably feel the same as I did. It was such a peaceful place, quiet, and time passes by so slowly and peacefully. 

It’s quit huge shrine and they are almost located in a small forest. First you enter the gate and walk through the green, quiet forest, then you’ll find the gate in the pic on the left, you are finally there. Beside the gate, there’s this sign.
Gokoku Shrine Shizuoka Japan
It says, “This is the shrine and forest that worship our ancestors who died during the war as gods.” It also says that gods love the peace, and asking us to show our gratitude when worshiping in front of the shrine.  This is nothing to do with war between countries. I would like you to feel that we all are thankful to be here. And feel the peace that we are all here on the earth.

GOKOKU Jinjya(shrine)
ClosedI've never seen the gates closed.
Address366 Yunoki, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken, Japan, 420-0821 
AccessTrain: Get on Shizutetsu train from Shin-Shizuoka, get off at Yunoki st. Then 5 min walk from there. 120yen/adult, 60yen/child
Taxi: JR Shizuoka st. 10min ride
Walk: Approx. 10 min walk from JR Higashi Shizuoka st.
Admission FeeIt's free if you just go in there. (But you need a few coins, like 5 yen coins to throw into the offering boxes.)



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