Surrounded by Beautiful Nature! The Hokuriku Region’s Top 5 Sacred Places!
The Hokuriku region is made up of prefectures in central Japan that lie on the coast of the Sea of Japan. In recent years, this area has become popular with travelers due to its beautiful nature and historical sites. This time we will introduce recommended power spots. Please find a place you'd like to visit or that will benefit you.
Keta Shrine is a Shinto shrine with a history going back over 2100 years. The main god enshrined here is that of Okuninushi, who is a god of "enmusubi." "Enmusubi" is a phrase is written with the characters for "fate" and "to tie," and though it is generally used to refer to matchmaking and marriage, it can also be used more broadly to encompass the relationships with everyone in your life. The main 5 buildings of the shrine are designated as important cultural properties. In the back of the grounds is a grove known as the "Unenterable Forest" which has been designated as a natural monument. Just like the meaning of the two characters in Keta, "feeling" and "many," the forest is a secret spot where you will be able to feel its immense power. On the first day of every month they perform a ritual that has been designated a national important cultural asset called the Tsuitachi Musubi. You can participate for free in order to pray for a relationship.
While the shrine has some very modern aspects, such as taking email requests for enmusubi "omamori" charms and offering heart shaped "ema" prayer tablets, if you visit this majestic shrine and make a prayer surrounded by awe-inspiring nature, surely you will be able to feel its power for yourself.
Cape Suzu lies on the north-west tip of the Noto Peninsula and refers to capes Rokugouzaki, Gongouzaki, and Nagatezaki. Kongouzaki is also known as the "Sacred Cape," and lies on the fork between the inlet (Toyama Bay side) and the Sea of Japan side of the Noto Peninsula. The spot where the surface air currents meet (warm and cold) has very unusual geographic features for Japan. Since it is the perfect spot where the natural powers converge in one place, it is counted as one of the top 3 sacred spots in Japan. At the tip of the cape is an observatory deck (with an admission fee) which sticks out over the ocean where you can enjoy the superb scenery of the Sea of Japan in one unbroken view. At the beautiful Cape Suzu, with the beautiful view of the Sea of Japan where the sea spray hits the rock, feel the brimming natural energy with your whole body.
The large tree that stands on Toyama Prefecture's Mount Tate in front of Bijodaira Station is called "Bijosugi," or the "Beautiful Woman Cedar." The story goes that a long time ago, when it was prohibited for women to go up Mount Tate, a princess came to meet her fiancé but was turned away. She prayed on the cedar tree and afterwards her wish was granted to be reunited with her love. Even now it is said, whether man or woman, if you face the Bijosugi tree and recite three times "Utsushiki oyama no sugi yo, kokoro araba, waga hisokanaru inori, kikishiya" (Meaning: "Oh beautiful tree, please listen to my secret wish") your love will be answered. Try reciting the prayer in Japanese while you think of the princess' heart-rending love story.
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Since ancient times believers of Shinto have practiced religious mountain worship and worshipped many mountains as gods. The Hakusan faith, which worships the Hakusan mountains that tower over Ishikawa, Fukui, and Gifu prefectures, is one of the many mountain religions that prospered. Shirayama Hime Shrine stands as the main shrine of over two thousand Shirayama Shrines throughout Japan. You can feel the power overflowing from the front path to the shrine which features an old sacred cedar tree and throughout the shrine grounds, which is enclosed by large trees. On the shrine grounds is a water hut where you can drink miraculous water said to bless one with longevity. You are free to take as much water as you want so definitely try it yourself while you are there!
"Anantan no Reijo" lies in a valley on Mount Tsurugi. It has been known as a sacred place since a Buddhist priest called Hakushin from Mino province (current day southern Gifu prefecture) came there to train during the Edo period. The pure water that flows from the sacred place is called "Anantan no Reisui." It was chosen by the Ministry of the Environment as one of the top 100 famous springs in Japan and is known for being exceptionally pure. It is said to help cure many illnesses. If you go down the 108 stone steps from the path leading to the shrine, there is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Kannon and a statue of the enshrined Yakushinyorai (Bhaisajyaguru, a Buddha able to cure all ills). The miraculous water flows from the right side. Take the miracle water after you pray to the Yakushinyorai to recover from illness.
You can feel magnificent natural power in the Hokuriku region's sacred spots surrounded by the mountains and the ocean! It's important to pray for love and health, but first you should try feeling the power of each place. You might improve your fortunes just by doing that!
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