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A beautiful shrine, in a bustling busy part of the city ... a couple's photos, a protest march by young and old together on the road, peaceful worshippers offering prayers, koinobori blowing in the breezes. I especially loved the old (yorishiro?) maple, just coming into...More
Within easy walking distance from Ishiwarizakura, we arrived at the Sakurayama shrine which also leads on to the castle ruins. Despite the icy conditions, locals still frequented the shrine on their way to work. Bow in humility and ring the bell for affirmation, peaceful and...More
Next to Morioka Castle. If you go to Morioka Castle, you can stop by the shrine. It's on Morioka Odori, and hard to miss. It's small shrine, but nice cherry blossom. Don't forget to see the large sacred rock behind the shrine.