Daitakesan Nagato-jinja Shrine

Daitakesan Nagato-jinja Shrine was said to be transferred to its present location near Nishizawa Keikoku Valley from a cave along Tengu-one Ridge on Mount Kokushidake in 717. It has its beginnings in Yamatotakeru no Mikoto’s eastern expedition, and was a sacred place of mountain worship founded as a Buddhist practice hall by a mountain ascetic named En no Gyoja in the latter half of the 7th century. From the Edo Period (1603-1868) to the early Showa Period (1926-1989), it flourished as a center of Mount Daitakesan worship. The main building, built in 1877, displays a hip-and-gable roof construction style called Irimoya-zukuri, and has a step canopy a bay wide on both the left and right sides. Additionally, the eaves on all sides have an undulating gable at the eave ends. Another salient characteristic is the countless sculptures carved by Fukuda Toshihide, a master craftsman of Yamura, Tsuru City.
The shrine is a 20-minute walking distance from the foot of Mount Daitakesan, and its approach stretches a length of approximately 1 kilometer. It continues to receive many visitors today as a shrine where the sounds of the mountain stream and sunlight filtering through the trees in the forest offer a pleasant respite.


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