On the way home from Nagato Jeremy and I passed by this huge shrine. We turned around and came back to check it out. After parking we realized the shrine area was much larger than we were expecting.
The first building we came across seem to be a small Buddhist shrine. We dropped some yen coins into the offering box to light some incense and two candles. Someone had lit one before we had arrived.
Beside the shrine was a LARGE Japanese building. I’m not sure if it was shrine, or a temple, or a home, or what. We walked around looking at it but we couldn’t find anything explaining what it was and our translators weren’t working very well.
As we continued past the building we found a very cemetery that went up the side of the mountain. Jeremy run up the stairs to check it out. I decided to stay on the lower level because after the Mara Kannon Shrine and the onsen, I was started to feel warn out. The cemetery was definitely old and seemed to have a variety of grave stones. Again I wish I had someone who understood what we were looking at with us. I would have loved to know the history behind this place and some of the people buried there.
As Jeremy explored the graveyard, I explored the area just past the graveyard. It had various different gardens but I’m not sure what the purpose of garden was for. They were interesting none the less and I enjoyed walking around them.
Once Jeremy came back down from the graveyard we continued down the path towards the big shrine we had seen from the street. I have no idea what this shrine is for but judging from the foxes out from I’m guessing it had to with the God of Goddess Inari.
Jeremy and I again lit incense and candles in front of the shrine.
I’ve spent many hours trying to googling this shrine. I can’t find any pages that are easily translated to tell me what this area is for. I am going to try to go back when it is open and there is someone working there that can tell me more about it. It was fun exploring it but I have so many questions about the whole area. I really need to figure out how to find a National to go traveling with us to explain these things for me.