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Suwa Shrine, Suwa

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Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Sited at the foot of a mountain, Suwa Shrine remains one of the oldest houses of worship in Japan. Pay special attention to the gate resting on four pillars made from firs, replaced every seven years during the Onbashira Festival. The six buildings on the shrine grounds are designated important cultural property, while the complex's repository exhibits historical treasures, such as various written documents from the imperial family and major military commanders. Plan your visit to Suwa Shrine and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Suwa sightseeing website.
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  • Parts of the Suwa Taisha shrine complex date back to the 7th century and possibly earlier. The shrines honour the gods of agriculture, hunting, and fertility. There are many differing legends, myths.....  more »
  • We really enjoyed our visit to this famous shrine. The history is incredible and the information on the cedars and sumo history was interesting. We even saw the priest and a priestess performing...  more »
  • Ancient shrine with unusual building arrangement. There is no hierarchy of the shrine buildings so to speak. The shrine buildings kind of face together the holy body or God which is a mountain behind the buildings. Huge and ancient trees, something like one thousand years, give serene atmosphere here.
  • This area has many beautiful shrines. The Shrines are all next to the mountains, so you feel connected to nature. It is a really peaceful here.
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