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高鴨神社 Takakamo-jinjya Takakamo Shrine

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Takakamo Shrine is in Kamogami, Gose, Nara Prefecture. It is one of the oldest shrines in Japan and the main branch of shrines such as Kamigamo Shrine and Shimogamo Shrine.

The principle deity worshipped at the shrine is Ajisukitakahikone no Mikoto, the ancient god of the Kamo clan.

Takakamo Shrine was established in a Sankan-sharyu form and was founded in 1543. It is designated an important cultural asset.

The shrine features a bell tower, which is rare in a shrine. The bell was transferred from Kongoji Temple and is still used nowadays for watering rice fields.

Takakamo Shrine is a place famous for the 'Nihon Sakura So' and many people visit here in late April.
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永源寺 Eigen-ji Eigenji Temple

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Eigenji Temple is the head temple of the Rinzai Sect, Eigenji Faction, and is located on the right bank of the Aichi River.

The history of Eigenji Temple can be traced back to the Kamakura period when Jakushitsu-genko-osho founded the temple. High-ranking priests continued to gather at the temple even after the death of Jakushitsu, and, while under the protection of the Sasaki Family, the temple reached the height of its prosperity with more than 2000 scholar priests congregating at one time.

The temple premises include a kitchen, living quarters, bell tower, main building and the grave of Jakushitsu. Designated a National Significant Cultural Asset, the Jakushitsu-gewako-za Statue can be found at the grave.

Visitors climbing the rock steps of the approach can see the Aichi River on the right-hand side, stone statues of the Jyuroku-rakan standing along the cliff of Raikei Mountain on the left-hand side, and ravines on both sides. The approach is lined with maples that draw many visitors in autumn with their beautiful red and yellow leaves.
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