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墨坂神社 Sumisaka-jinjya Sumisaka Shrine

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Sumisaka Shrine is located along the Uda River in Haibara-ku, Uda, in Nara Prefecture. The shrine used to be located on the west path of the Amanomori (Forest of the Heavens) of Sumisaka, but, in 1499, it was transferred to its present site.

Until the Meiji period, the Amano Temple deified both Buddhist and Shinto gods, giving it alternative names such as Rokusha Gongen and Amano Shrine. The present enshrined deity is the Sumisaka Omiwa God, which is a generic name for the six pillars of the Amenominakanushinokami, Takamimusubinokami, Kamimusubinokami, Izanakinokami, Izanaminokami and the Omononushinokami. Legends told that during Emperor Sujin's imperial reign, an epidemic spread across his empire. However, if the sick person deified the god that appeared in their dreams, which was the Sumisaka Omiwa God, their illness would be cured instantly.

Every year in November, a festival called the Sumisaka Togyo Gyoretsu takes place, where a mikoshi (portable shrine) is carried, along with a red shield and red sword, from Sumisaka Shrine at its current location to its prior location in the Amanomori (Forest of the Heavens).
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船宿寺 Sensyuku-ji Senshuku Temple

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Senshuku Temple belongs to the Mt Koya Shingon sect, and is located in Gose, Nara Prefecture. The name of the mountain on which it lies is Iozen. The temple is counted as one of the 25 Kansai Hananodera temples.

The priest Gyogi established Senshuku Temple in 724. Following a prophecy in an old man's dream, the local people made a hermitage on a gigantic rock to worship Bhaisajyaguru. The name of the temple comes from this legend, while Iozen, the name of the mountain, means to 'relieve Bhaisajyaguru'.

Senshuku Temple is famous for its beautiful flowers throughout the four seasons, when you can see cherry blossom, hydrangea, azalea and camellia. One garden features over 1000 hydrangea, and Mt Katsuragi can be seen from here. In the Annual Buddhist Sermon that takes place on 3rd May each year, many people come to visit the shrine.
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