Itinerary Guide: Places to Explore Near the Niukawakami Shrine
There's lots to see and do near Japan's oldest water shrine.
When the Niukawakami Shrine was built in the deep mountains of Yoshino, people said that it provided rain and stopped storms. Perhaps not surprisingly, it is also where the goddess of water has been said to reside. As the oldest water shrine as well as the head shrine of of all the water shrines in Japan, a lot of people drop by the shrine during the summer to cool down.
The Yume Pool is where the Kotsu River, Hiura River, and Shigo River meet.
A wooden shrine at the center
There is a large Japanese cedar, which is said to be 1,000 years old, next to the front shrine. People believe that your wishes come true if you put both your hands on the tree and pray.
A love fortune that is soaked in water (¥300)
You can get the god of water’s powers of strength, life, vitality, and power with the Tenki Charm (¥1,000)
You should go to the building for cleaning hands and rinsing mouth first before you enter to the main shrine.
The East Waterfall, which is mentioned in the anthology of Japanese poetry called Manyo Shu, and Manai of Niu, are power spots with a connection to water.
The East Waterfall near Yume Pool is where the water god is believed to stay.
Manai of Niu, which is also called purifying waters, comes from Mt. Yaoromapputake. It is believed to have received the power and benefits of the water god. The water is potable.
The Niukawakami Shrine is located at 968 Omura, Higashiyoshinomura, Yoshinogun, Nara Prefecture. While the shrine grounds are open anytime, the shrine office is only open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
If you’re planning a day trip and are bringing a car along with you, check out these other places, too!
Kuzu no Yakata
The special matcha set consists of the kuzu-yokan made from hon-kuzu and matcha (¥630). The smooth texture of the kuzu and the sweetness of the yokan are irresistible.
Kuzu no Yakata is a store that is directly managed by the store Morino Yoshino-Kuzu Honpo, which started 450 years ago. At Kuzumian, the tea shop next to the store, you can try sweets that are made from Yoshino-Kuzu which is refined and dried with groundwater only during the cold season.
Kuzu no Yakata is located at 3 Ouda Nishiyama, Uda City and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kuzumian is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kinoko no Yakata
Full-course A (¥2,000) is a full course of about 10 mushrooms, including raw shiitake, shiitake miso grill, mushroom rice, and those that have been charcoal-grilled and so on.
You can enjoy mushroom and wild game meat dishes at the farmer’s restaurant Kinoko no Yakata. You can eat organic mushrooms in various kinds of dishes in the popular full course of mushrooms. Mushroom picking (¥200 for 100g) is also available.
Kinoko no Yakata is located at 1601 Washika, Higashiyoshinomura, Yoshinogun and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. except Thursdays.
Handmade Noodles Yoshinoan
The Tempura Mori Soba Set (¥1,500) is a favorite.
More than 33 years old, Handmade Noodles Yoshinoan is a renovated noodle store that used to be a local house. Here, you can enjoy the original taste of Sotoichi noodles, which are made with buckwheat from Ohno and Maruoka of Fukui and thickener.
Handmade Noodles Yoshinoan is located at 601 Kotsugawa, Higashiyoshinomura, Yoshinogun and is open during the weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Provided by Walkerplus™, Japan Walker™, and Kansai Walker™ (25 July 2018)