Togakushi Shrine Chusha(Middle Shrine)戸隠神社中社
Togakushi Shrine is a shrine that is famous nationwide as one of Japan's leading spiritual power spots. It consists of 5 shrines: Okusha (Main Shrine), Chusha (Middle Shrine), Houkousha, Kuzuryusha, and Hinomikosha. The history of the Togakushi Shrine is said to extend over 2,000 years, and it is one of the most historic shrines. Mt. Togakushi is one of Japan's sacred peaks; its forests and shrine are steeped in legend. In the precincts of Togakushi Shrine Chusha (Middle Shrine), there is Sanbonsugi (3 cedars), which is about 800 years old and is visited by many worshipers. As you walk along with the approach from Otorii to the main shrine, the atmosphere of the spiritual power spot will increase. After visiting the main shrine, go down the steep stairs and you will find the second precinct. There, you can see the famous "Togakushi Sanbonsugi". You can touch these cedars. Feel the "life force" of a cedar tree with a history of 800 years by touching it gently, and get its great power. Its towering groves and mystical aura move visitors today as much as in ancient times.
If the official free parking lot is full, there is a large free parking lot (MC: 382 865 728 * 20) about 100m west. See Town Map for more information.
Please note that there are very steep stairs along the way.
There is a soba restaurant "Uzuraya" in the immediate vicinity of Otorii. Togakushi is also known for its delicious soba, so it's a good idea to try it around lunchtime.
About 35 minutes by car or 22km from/to Nagano City.
About 2 hours and 35 minutes by car or 185km from/to Niigata City.