Attractions

Shinto Shrine in Togakushi

Togakushi-jinja

Comprising three sub-shrines – Togakushi-Hōkōsha, Togakushi-Chūsha and Togakushi-Okusha – each a few kilometres apart, Togakushi-jinja honours the 1911m-high Mt Togakushi. According to legend, the mountain is where …
Shinto Shrine in Togakushi

Togakushi-Okusha

From Okusha bus stop it's 2km (40 minutes' walk) to Okusha (meaning Upper Shrine) – the innermost of Togakushi-jinja's three sub-shrines – via a magnificent 500m-long cedar-lined path (­杉並木; suginamiki) planted in 1…
Museum in Togakushi

Togakushi Folk Museum & Ninja House

Above the Okusha bus stop you'll find this museum housing artefacts from a time when local yamabushi (mountain monks) practised what became known as ninpo (the art of stealth). The Ninja House is the most fun, cleve…
Shinto Shrine in Togakushi

Togakushi-Hōkōsha

While apparently close to the village, access to the shrine buildings of Togakushi-jinja's pretty, lower sub-shrine Hōkōsha, nestled among cedars, is via 274 (if we counted correctly) ancient and steep, stone steps,…
Shinto Shrine in Togakushi

Togakushi-Chūsha

One of the three sub-shrines of Togakushi-jinja, intimate Chūsha, meaning 'middle shrine' is the most easily accessible, located prominently in the middle of the village. One tree here is said to be 700 years old.