The entrance to the approach that imitated the climbing of Mt. Fuji at Tamagawa Sengen Shrine was narrow

Approach to Tamagawa Sengen Shrine
Shot at Tamagawa Sengen Shrine in Denenchofu, Tokyo ©Tetsu Ozawa
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It was the first time I had actually visited the shrine, although I had passed by it many times on the train. Tamagawa Sengen Shrine, located in Denenchofu, Tokyo, stands just south of Tamagawa Station where the train tracks split into the Tamagawa Line heading to Kamata and the Toyoko Line heading to Yokohama. In the case of the Toyoko Line, it looks as if the tracks have been cut through the shrine grounds rather than passing by.

The Sengen Shrine is a shrine dedicated to the worship of Fuji. This Shinto shrine is also a place of Fuji worship, and the approach to the shrine built on top of a tumulus is covered with many lava rocks, so the path is said to resemble climbing the Fuji.

The photo shows the entrance to the approach. Beyond the small torii gate, steep stairs lead up to the approach, which is said to mimic climbing Mount Fuji. However, the path is too short. If you were not told, you would probably reach the top without realizing that you were climbing a mountain. In fact, the stair is so short that worshippers could walk up and down it in the yukata with an umbrella, and it would be a stretch to call it mountain climbing. I'm not very athletic, so this level of climbing is enough for me.

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Nov 2021 PEOPLE TOKYO

Where is Tamagawa Sengen Jinja Shrine?

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12087

Shooting Date

Jul 2021

Posted On

November 11, 2021

Place

Denenchofu, Tokyo

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF

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