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【Day Trip Itinerary】Expect Something Good! Visit Power Spots on Chita Peninsula in Aichi Prefecture

Chita Peninsula has many "power spots" (places believed to have spiritual or healing benefits). Here is an itinerary to rejuvenate your body and soul by visiting shrines and temples. You can pray for various benefits while enjoying the fresh bounties of the sea! 【Total time: Around 4 hours】

<1> Write Your Wishes on a Paper Cup to Have Your Prayers Answered!

Koinomizu Shrine (Mihama Town, Chita District, Aichi Prefecture) is famous for its holy water, which is said to make your wishes come true if you scoop it with a paper cup, write your wishes on it, and pray. Many people visit on weekends and holidays, hoping to be blessed by its benefits.

It is famous as a shrine that helps one's wishes come true. It is also good for matchmaking, and is said to make a variety of wishes – not just those related to love – come true. Various amulets, including those for matchmaking, health, and safety in transportation, are sold on the premises.

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
No holidays
Free access
Parking: 10 lots (free)

【↓Approx. 9 minutes by foot to the next spot】

Koinomizu Shrine

92-91 Okuda Nakashirasawa, Mihama-cho, Chita-gun, Aichi

<2> Go to a Fortune Temple With Connections to Minamoto no Yoritomo

Nomadaibo (Mihama Town, Chita District, Aichi Prefecture) is a temple of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism. Its principle object of worship is a Buddhist statue that Minamoto no Yoritomo (founder of the Kamakura Shogunate) dedicated to his dead father to comfort his spirit. It has been protected over the years by the Toyotomi and Tokugawa families. It is believed that the object of worship made Yoritomo's wish come true, and is thus regarded as a temple that will help make one's wishes come true and improve one's fortune.

The temple grounds have a solemn atmosphere, and consist of a majestic Kamakura-style main temple building and Yoritomo's grave. Yoritomo, who met his end here during the Heiji Rebellion, was said to have lamented that he would not have been easily overcome had he had even a wooden sword. There are many wooden sword offerings at the grave in recognition of those words.

6:00 AM - 6:00 PM, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM from October to February
No holidays
Free to visit all grounds except the main temple
Parking: Approx. 500 spots (free)

【↓Approx. 3 minutes by car to the next spot】


50 Noma Higashibatake, Mihama-cho, Chita-gun, Aichi

<3>Enjoy Homegrown Vegetables and Fresh Seafood

If you get hungry after visiting the power spots, go to Bay, a bar-restaurant where you can enjoy creative cuisine made with fresh fish delivered by fishermen and vegetables homegrown by the owner. The Seafood Bowl (1,600 JPY) (1,980 JPY at lunch, with an additional small side dish and akadashi miso soup) and the Bay Lunch (2,480 JPY) that includes four different types of sashimi, a small side dish and simmered fish, are popular.

The modern space that combines design elements from Japan and other Asian countries has an open feel, thanks to its high ceilings. There are many customers that travel from outside the prefecture, so it is often crowded during the weekend.

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (last order at 8:30 PM)
Closed on Wednesdays
Parking: Approx. 20 spots (free)

【↓Approx. 9 minutes by car to the next spot】


13-1 Sakai Umebasama, Tokoname-shi, Aichi

<4>A Power Spot with Many Benefits

Taga Shrine in Tokoname City, Aichi Prefecture, is the last stop on this power spot tour. It is said to have many benefits, such as long life, protection against misfortunes, matchmaking, family safety, prosperous business, and academic success.

Fuji Asama Shrine – dedicated to Konohana-Sakuya-hime-no-Mikoto – is within the precincts, and is said to help those who wish to marry up or improve their prospects. There is also a mountain shrine where you can pray for better fortune and protect yourself against misfortune, as well as a shrine to Okuyama Hansobo Daigongen where you can pray for successful business. Ogatama, a tree within the precincts, is designated as a Natural Monument of Aichi Prefecture.

Open 24 hours
No holidays
Free access
Parking: 70 spots (free)

Taga Shrine

51 Kariya Aza Donowaki, Tokoname-shi, Aichi

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 09.15.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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