2015.5.14
Okayama

The Cherry Blossom Goddess Brings Happy Blessings to Women. Konohanasakuya-hime Shrine, a Mysterious Spot in Kurashiki!

The Great Seto Bridge connects the island of Shikoku with the main island of Honshu. Along the way when traveling from Okayama, there is a shrine nestled quietly at the foot of Mt. Fukunan. Konohanasakuya‑hime Shrine’s location lies so deep that if you didn’t know it was there, you might well go straight past it.

Konohanasakuya-hime-no-Mikoto, the enshrined deity is Amaterasu Ookami, the sun goddess’s grandchild, Ninigi-no-Mikoto’s wife (the empress of Ninigi-no-Mikoto), the goddess of beauty is the subject of numerous legends in various areas of Japan as the country’s first empress. The name, Konohana (cherry blossom), also means a woman as beautiful as, for example, cherry blossoms, and the enshrined deity brings many happy blessings to women.

 

The first on the list of the shrine’s virtues is beauty. There are even rumors that actresses and models visit the shrine. The shrine is also known for tying relationships, and the hanasachimori talismans available within the grounds are really popular among women wishing to get married.

Befitting the temple’s name, flowers bloom within the grounds according to the season, and as such it is a popular spot for flower viewing.

In addition, there is a place where the main shrine used to be located, which is now called Oku no Miya (the interior shrine). It can found after about a 30-minute climb up the hill behind the shrine, and is well known as an area filled with mystical energy.

 

Also, nearby there are numerous observation areas that offer views over the Seto Inland Sea and the Great Seto Bridge.

 

We recommend combining a visit to the shrine to boost your feminine virtues with a drive that includes admiring flowers, praying for happy blessings, and a shopping trip to Kurashiki and Kojima Island on your way back.
Konohanasakuya-hime Shrine
Address: 1671-4 Fukue, Kurashiki city, Okayama prefecture
Telephone: 086-485-0047

Setouchi Finder Photo-writers: Asami Asai / Katsutoshi Asai (Kokohore Japan)

 

 

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Katsutoshi Asai Producer and member of the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association. Born in Yokohama in 1974, Katsutoshi is married and has a young son. Although he started his career with an advertising agency, he went to join the Tower Records team. Katsutoshi was involved with brand management, sales campaigns, collaboration work, and live events. Through his career, he experienced being the Sales Promotion Manager, and the Manager of the Live Entertainment Department. However, in 2012, Katsuyoshi retired from Tower Records and moved to Seto city, Okayama prefecture - a place where he had no prior friends, connections or relatives. Soon after moving, he joined the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association, and in July 2013 founded Kokohore Japan and began a number of projects to re-task old traditional buildings, invent new specialty products, and work on regional branding. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/ Asami Asai Editor & Writer I mainly write about social news, music, and lifestyles. I was born and raised in Tokyo, but in 2012 I decided on a whim to move to Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture. I contribute to magazines such as Liniere, Inakagurashi no Hon, and ku:nel. I publish books for my 'interesting' friends, too, and direct and write for programs at FM Okayama. Everyday I write about people and things for both readers and listeners. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/

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