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Tsurugi Shrine

A shrine complex distributed over Mt. Tsurugi

Tsurugi Shrine

Tsurugi Shrine is a Shintō shrine with its precincts distributed over Mt. Tsurugi. The shrine is a centre for the Shugendō religion which combines Shintōism and Buddhism. At the foot of the mountain near the cable car station is a large and beautiful shrine complex with a long flight of steps passing under a rugged torii gate. The main hall of the shrine is wide and inside there are two very large tengu masks with long noses. In the shrine precincts is a colourful statue of Fudō Myōō, and several stone images of En no Gyōja, the founder of Shugendō. This lower shrine stands at 1,420 m above sea level.

Although this lower shrine appears to be the main shrine in terms of appearance and grandeur, in fact the main shrine, Ōtsurugi Shrine, is located higher up the mountain at 1,810 m. A large natural monolith is the object of worship of the shrine, and a much smaller shrine building is the place of worship for the stone. A spring that rises a short distance below this shrine is said to cure all illnesses.

Near the summit of Mt. Tsurugi, a tiny shrine stands atop a massive boulder. This is the Tsurugisan Honmiya Kotsurugi Shrine.

Information

Name in Japanese: 神社
Pronunciation: tsurugi jinja
Address: 201 Higashiiyasugeoi, Miyoshi, Tokushima 778-0201

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