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Visiting Hakone Shrine

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Built during the sovereignty of Monarch Kosho, the Hakone Shrine’s original location was at the pinnacle of the Mount Hakone. This Shrine is a Shrine of Shinto Tradition. As per the Shinto religion or belief, different spirits known as Kami are the matter of worship. It can be a natural object or force, Dead Ancestor, Qualities, etc. Hakone Shrine is dedicated to three major Kamis; those are Hoori-No-Mikoto, Ninigi-No-Mikito, and Konohanasakuya-hime. As per the local myth and belief, Priest Mangan established the Shrine after calming a nine-headed Dragon which is still living under the Lake Ashi. In 1667 the shrine was relocated at this current location. The founder of Kamakura Shogunate, Yorimoto was a benefactor of this shrine. During the battle of Odwara, this shrine was severely damaged from fire and reconstructed later. The stairs lead to the shrine is decorated and skirted with lanterns, which makes it more mystical. The magical landscape around the church is worth enjoying. The best way to enjoy the mythical scenery and prevailing serenity are availing the rope-way. Autumn makes this shrine and the surroundings more captivating with rich flora with varying colors. The boat ride in Lake Ashi is also another way to make the trip unforgettable. The calm azure lake and the soft breeze unwinds the mind in a second. The Red Tori over-looking the lake looks like a gateway to the continuous way of Divinity. Nature plays a vital role to make your Hakone Shrine Trip memorable.

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Hakone Shrine- A place of Eternal Serenity

Hakone Shrine- A place of Eternal Serenity

Boat ride

Boat ride

There are several options of transport to reach the shrine, but if you are in search of peace and tranquility then you must try the boat ride in Lake Ashi. The Sunset time is the moment to be captured while enjoying the boat ride. The panoramic view of Mt. Fuji from the boat is a fascinating sight.

Red Tori

Red Tori

Famed as the most snapped Tori, the Red Tori of Hakone Shrine has its exclusivity due to its striking shade. This Tori is like a landmark symbol of this shrine. The first appearance of Red Tori from the boat is magnetic. The Red color against the lush green backdrop looks like a perfectly painted landscape.

The Old Trees

The Old Trees

The Forest on the way to the shrine has some age-old Cedar and other trees. The Old Trees add a sensation of antiquity to the whole set. Few of the trees are believed to be 3000 years old. Strolling through the silent old forest can give you Goose Bumpse.

Hakone Shrine Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

If you have the Hakone Pass then you do not need any other ticket to the shrine.

How To Get Around?

Hiking up and walking is the only way to get around this whole shrine territory.

What Should I Wear?

Comfortable Hiking Shoe is compulsory as you have to cross several steep steps to reach the Hakone Shrine.

Hakone Shrine Facts

Best Time to Visit

Best time to visit the shrine is summer, autumn, and winter. The entire look is fascinating in winter due to the mists.

Currency

Japanese YEN

Will I Need a Guide?

Yes, you need a guide. The shrine area is related to the local history and captivating beliefs. A guide can help you to understand the importance of the shrine in the history of Japan. Most of the information boards are written in Japanese, so getting a bilingual local guide will be the best idea.

How To Get There?

The best way to reach the Shrine is through boating and Cable Car. The other options like bus, a personal car can also be availed. Pirate ship is another attractive transport option to the Shrine.

Additional Info

The hiking up to the shrine can be challenging for Cardiac patients and physically challenged guests. It will be best to avoid the Rainy season.