Feeling refreshed in the sacred place

forests in Japan

You can saunter about among the mighty trees that have been guarding the sacred precincts of the shrines all through time.

You can experience a feeling of relief from your worldly stress by touching clean and pure air exhaled from "sacredness."

Shrines of Katori and Kashima

The two shrines have had the honor of being specifically granted the title called "Jingu" paralleling "Ise-Jingu." It is said that these shrines were founded over 2,600 years ago.

The pure air sent out from the sacred trees in the depth of the forests will ease your exhausted body and mind. The gods of peace will give the visitors a blessing of divine grace.

You can get to the shrines within one or two hours' time from Tokyo on a long distance bus.

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Katori-Jingu (shrine)

Katori Jingu (shrine) in Sawara

At the top of an easy upward slope stands the gorgeous shrine building quietly.

You can experience the adventurous tour through the narrow forest complex paths like a labyrinth.

Let's drop in at an eating house and take a bite at some pieces of sweet dumplings.

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The sacred forest around Kashima-Jingu

Kashima-Jingu

You must experience a tremendous sense of awe in the broad, deep precincts.

Standing in the close of the shrine may bring about dramatic transformation in your body and soul.

Let's take a leisurely forest bath.

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Itako-Citizens' Forest

Itako

Itako-Citizens' Forest

The sunlights through the green leaves of the trees can give the visitors a chance for the complete relaxation from work. One might come across wild animals by chance.

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The zelkova tree of Itako

Itako

The float of grand festivals in Sawara

At the entrance to Soga-Kumano-Jinja stands a huge and old tree, 14m in height, with the trunk about 8m around, the longest spread of the branches 14 m across and the estimated age of 500 years.

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