Despite the long, long climb up the hill, the grounds of the Yamanoue Daijingu Shrine were very modest. A simple wooden building stood in the narrow precincts. There were not many worshippers. But inside the modest shrine pavilion, despite the quiet atmosphere of the precincts, it seemed to be crammed with deities. There are many deities enshrined here. Amaterasu, Konohanasakuya-hime, and Okuninushi are enshrined here, as well as Sugawara no Michizane. With a total of nine pillars enshrined, it must have been crowded inside the shrine pavilion, which did not look that spacious. Among them, I feel for Sugawara no Michizane. While the other deities are legendary, he is the only one who actually existed. I can only imagine how narrowly he must feel surrounded by legendary deities.
With nine deities, there must be a variety of benefits, but I think the highlight of the Yamanoue Daijingu Shrine, which stands halfway up Mount Hakodate, is the view from the grounds. Although you may not notice it when you are single-mindedly climbing up the mountain, when you take a break in the shrine grounds and look back at the path you have just taken, the view is spectacular. Beyond the shimenawa (sacred rope) at the torii gate, the approach to the shrine led straight down the slope, and Hakodate Bay was waiting open at the end of the slope. It was like a slide leading to Hakodate Bay.
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