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Mitsumine shrine~Visit

Article writtenFebruary 1st,2020
A memorandum of facts about shrines visited. Mitsumine shrine is a shrine located in the mountain area of Chichibu, Saitama prefecture. It is told that Yamato Takeru founded the shrine and is known for the unique cult of wolves as a "Yama-no-kami". How to visit Mitsumine shrine.
Please check official information before visiting. Information here may be out of date.
Please check official information before visiting. Information here may be out of date.

Location

Mitsumine shrine is located in Chichubu city, Saitama prefecture, about 15km west from central Chichibu and on top of Mount Mitsumine (Mitsuminesan). Mount Mitsumine is a generic name for the 3 peaks Mount Myoho, Mount Shiraiwa and Mount Kumotori.

Address is 298-1 Mitsumine, Chichibu city, Saitama prefecture.

Opening hours

Opening hours are around 6am to 7:30pm.

There are no gates, but motion sensors are installed so entry is prohibited at night. The parking lot is closed at night, and even guests staying at Kōunkaku are not permitted to get out at night.

Reception time for formal worshipping is from 9am to 4pm, the "Juyosho", where charms and talismans are offered, is open from 9am to 5pm. Mitsuminesan Museum is open from 9am to 4pm.

Admission Fees

No admission fees required.

Mitsumine Museum requires an admission fee of ¥300, for general public.

Shuin

Shuin is available at the "Juyosho", where charms and talismans are offered. ¥500 required.

"Shuin"
"Juyosho"

Public transportation

From Ikebukuro station in Tokyo to Seibu Chichubu station in central Chichibu, it is 1 hour 50 minutes by Seibu Ikebukuro line Limited Express train. From Seibu Chichibu station, 75 minutes by Seibu-kanko bus to Mitsumine-jinja bus stop. Only 6 buses on weekdays and 7 on weekends are operated per day.

Seibu Chichubu station

The nearest station from Mitsumine shrine is Mitsumineguchi station, but is more than 20km away. The bus between Seibu-Chichibu station and Mitsumine shrine stops at Mitsumineguchi station, and will take 45 minutes to Mitsumine shrine.

Mitsumineguchi station

Also, Mitsumine shrine can be visited by a mountain trail called "Omotesando". This route was used by worshippers to the shrine before the route for cars has opened. It is not a steep mountain path but some equipment is needed just in case. The nearest bus stop from the trailhead is Ōwa bus stop, about 10 minutes from Mitsumineguchi station by buses bound for Mitsumine shrine or Chichibu-ko. It will take about 2 to 3 hours to walk through the mountain trail, and is about 3.7km long.

Omotesando Torī
Omotesando route

There used to be an aerial tramway from Ōwa, but it was closed down in 2007.

Parking

Mitsumine municipal parking is right in front of the main entrance of Mitsumine shrine, available for 280 cars. Parking fee is ¥520 for a regular sized car and opening hours are from8am to 6pm.

Mitsumine municipal parking

The road to Mitsumine shrine has many curves and some parts are very narrow, and is very steep, so whose inexperienced in driving should visit by bus. The elevation of Mitsumine shrine is 1100m, more than 800m higher than central Chichibu and in winter the road freezes and will snow.

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