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Mitsumine shrine~Places to see nearby

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". Places to see near 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 Information here may be out of date.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 Information here may be out of date.

Seijō falls

Seijō falls is a waterfall, about 10m high, located on the Omotesandō route to Mitsumine shrine.

This place used to be a place for training of Shugendō practitioners. It is still used in purification ceremonies by shintō priesthoods, and some people visit for "Takigyō", meditation by sitting under a waterfall. There is a small shrine in front of the waterfall.

Seijō falls
Seijōgū

Address is Ōtaki, Chichibu city, Saitama prefecture. 1 hour 30 minutes by the Omotesandō route, a mountain trail from Mitsumine shrine. 1 hour 10 minutes from the trailhead near Ōwa bus stop and is near the halfway point on the Omotesandō route. There is no other way to access besides on foot.

Futase dam and Lake Chichibu

Futase dam is a concrete arch gravity dam, 95m high, at the uppermost stream of Arakawa river and Lake Chichibu is a lake formed by this dam. Saitama prefectural road 278 goes over this dam and most visiters to Mitsumine shrine pass over it.

There is an observation point in front of the Futase dam control station, at the east side of the dam, along with a public restroom and a parking lot. Address is 3931-1, Ōtaki, Chichibu city, Saitama prefecture. About 10km, 15 minutes from Mitsumine shrine by car. By bus, 25minutes, near Chichibuko bus stop.

Icicles of Misotsuchi

Icicles of Misotsuchi is a large-scale icicle formed by spring water from the rock face on the riverside of Arakawa river. Some parts are artificial, made by pouring water, but some of the naturally made icicles grow more tha 10m high. It will be lit up at night.

Opening period is early January to late February. Opening time is 8am to 5pm, when it is lit up it will be open until 7pm on weekdays and 9pm on weekends. ¥200 is required to see nearby, and the parking fee is ¥500 for a standard size car.

Icicles of Misotsuchi

Address is 4066-2, Ōtaki, Chichibu city, Saitama prefecture, inside Woodroof Okuchichibu auto campsite. About 12km, 20 minutes from Mitsumine shrine by car. By bus, about 30 minutes, near Misotsuchi bus stop.

Ōtaki-onsen roadside station and Yūyukan

Ōtaki-onsen roadside station is a roadside station on National road 140. Specialty goods, such as Shītake mushrooms, edible wild plants or local sake are sold here. There is a restaurant serving soba, local cuisine and "Dam-curry", curry and rice imitating Takizawa dam and Futase dam. There is also a museum of History and Folklore of the Ōtaki area.

Restaurant is open from 11am to 4pm, store is open from 9am to 4pm, Store for specialty goods is open from 9am to 5pm. Museum requires entrance fee, for general public ¥210, and opening hours are 9am to 5pm. Besides the store for specialty goods, it is closed on Thursday.

Next to Ōtaki-onsen roadside station, there is Yūyukan, a day-use hot spring.

Usage fee is ¥700 on weekdays and ¥800 on weekends, for general public. Opening hours are 10am to 8pm from April to November, and 10am to 7pm from November to March. It is closed on Thursdays.

Address is 4277-2, Ōtaki, Chichibu city, Saitama prefecture. About 15km, 25 minutes from Mitsumine shrine by car. By bus, 35 minutes to Ōtaki-onsen Yūyukan bus stop.

PALEO EXPRESS

PALEO EXPRESS is a steam operated train on the Chichibu Railway. It is operated mainly on weekends, and is about a 2 hour ride at most.

A SL ticket, ¥740 for reserved seat or ¥520 for non-reserved seat, is required besides a regular ticket.

The nearest station from Mitsumine shrine is Mitsumineguchi station. By bus, about 45 minutes to Mitsumineguchi station bus stop.

Chichibu shrine

Chichibu shrine is a shrine located in central Chichibu, which enshrines Yagokoro-omoikane-no-mikoto, Chichibuhiko-no-mikoto, Amenominakanushi-no-kami and Prince Chichibu. It is one of the "Chichibu-sansha", three major shrines of the Chichibu area.

Chichibu shrine is known for the "Chichibu-yomatsuri", the annual night festival in December, which has a hisory of more than 300 years.

Chichibu shrine

Address is 1-3, Bambamachi, Chichibu city, Saitama prefecture. About 37km, 1 hour by car from Mitsumine shrine. By bus, 75 minutes to Seibu-Chichubu station bus stop, and a 15 minute walk from the bus stop.

Hodosan shrine

Hodosan shrine is a shrine in Nagatoro town, which enshrines Kanyamatoiwarehiko-no-mikoto, Ōyamazumi-no-kami and Homusubi-no-kami. It is one of the "Chichibu-sansha", three major shrines of the Chichibu area. It is located on the foot of Mount Hodo, and there is a "Okumiya", rear shrine, on top of it which is accessable by an aerial tramway.

Address is 1828, Nagatoro, Nagatoro town, Saitama prefecture. It is about 48km from Mitsumine shrine and 1 hour 15 minutes by car. From Mitsumine shrine, about 45 minutes to Mitsumineguchi station by bus, from Mitsumineguchi station to Nagatoro station, about 45 minutes by Chichibu railway, and about 15 minutes on foot from Nagatoro station to Hodosan shrine.

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