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Parts of the Suwa Taisha shrine complex date back to the 7th century and possibly earlier. The shrines honour the gods of agriculture, hunting, and fertility. There are many differing legends, myths, and folk stories of the Suwa deities. The architecturally beautiful shrine complex is...More
We really enjoyed our visit to this famous shrine. The history is incredible and the information on the cedars and sumo history was interesting. We even saw the priest and a priestess performing special prayers.
We enjoyed this shrine very much, tranquilly located on the edge of a forest and seemingly in harmony with the grand, towering trees that surround it. It is hard to appreciate Shinto shrines if you are not Japanese, or don't have a cultural and aesthetic...More
Suwa Taisha has some remarkable trees that ornament the beautiful grounds. The buildings nestle in the forest, and the overall feeling is one of peace and serenity. There are lots of interesting spots, such as the memorial garden for a sumo wrestler (compare your hand...More
You feel so peaceful visiting 4 shrines in Suwa. I would advise visiting 4 and collect 4 shrine stamps (go-shu-in). Do not forget to visit "Shintsuru Honten" which is the famous long-established Japanese confectioners since 1873. Their "Shio-Yokan"(salty Yokan) is made by superior Japanese pastry...More
It is far from the railway station so you have to take a taxi .But the shrine is very nice place.You can see a big lumber used for the "Onbashira" festival which held in every 7 years.You can also see a statue of famous Sumo...More
I visited many Japanese shrines. This Suwa Shrine (諏訪大社) was definitely an amazing and inspiring one comparing to others. I certainly enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere there, however I wanted to visit all 4 of them within 1 day, so it became kinda rush. Let me...More
This is a beautiful, traditional Shinto shrine dating back 1200 years. It is famous for it's festival every 8 years where hundreds of worshipers cut down a tree ride and ride it down the side of a mountain (yes, people have died doing this). You...More