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大笹原神社 Oosasahara-jinja Osasahara Shrine

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Osasahara Shrine is a very old shrine founded in 986. As the place where the god of water resides, it is visited by a lot of worshippers. Susanoo no Mikoto, Kushinada-hime and other 3 deities are enshrined.

Assembling the cream of the gorgeous Higashiyama Culture, Honden (the main hall) was constructed in 1414 during the Muromachi period. Though small in size, elaborate decoration is given to every detailed part of this Irimoya-zukuri building. The transom and doors are also beautiful. It was designated as a National Treasure in 1961.

To the right of the main hall is a bottomless swamp named Yorube-no-ike. It is said that the swamp has been filled with affluent water even though there is a long spell of dry weather since two mikoshi (portable shrines) were sunk into the swamp in hope for rain.

As this area has produced high quality glutinous rice and it is said to be the birthplace of Kagami-mochi, Kagami-no-miya Shrine enshrining the original of Kagami-mochi is located in the shrine precinct.
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銀閣寺 Ginkakuji Ginkakuji Temple

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Ginkakuji Temple was constructed by Yoshimasa Ashikaga, the 8th Shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate as a villa in imitation of Kinkakuji Temple, which was constructed by his grandfather, Yoshimitsu. After Yoshimasa’s death, the villa was reformed as a temple and given the name of “Jishoji Temple” after Yoshimasa’s Buddhist name. At the time of the construction of 1482, there were 12 large and small buildings surrounding the Chisen-kaiyushiki garden (wet garden with promenade) with the Kinchochi Pond in its center. At the present remain Kannon Hall and Togudo Hall alone. The Dojinsai Room in the Togudo Hall is the oldest Shoinzukuri-style room in existence. The garden is the typical example of the Higashiyama Culture. Walking through the gate and going along the path between the beautifully arranged hedges, you will step in the garden covered with white sand, which leads you to the wabi and sabi world.
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