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Hidden gem

Found this lovely shrine after another traveller had recommended it. We would never have found it... read more

Reviewed August 28, 2016
Peter W
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Hidden gem in Aomori

We stumbled upon Utou jinja while we were exploring Aomori. There was still some late blooming... read more

Reviewed May 11, 2014
Jan H
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 30, 2017

This is a very old shrine around 200 years in fact. The gardens are beautiful and so lovely to walk through. It is a buddhist shrine and while there we were asked to enter the shrine. Once inside a Priest came out and explained that a Kagura Dance was to be performed. The performer came out in a very ornate mask and costume and performed the ceremonial dance. The priest explained the movements and it was well worth seeing.

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Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Found this lovely shrine after another traveller had recommended it. We would never have found it otherwise as it is hidden behind Main Street.
Beautiful Buddhist shrine and lovely gardens.
Only reason 4 star and not 5 is that there was work going on that restricted some photos.

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Reviewed May 11, 2014

We stumbled upon Utou jinja while we were exploring Aomori. There was still some late blooming cherry blossom on display and the short walk through the grounds was delightful in the spring sunshine of May. The shrine is quite small, but has a river running through it, crossed by a vermilion bridge, and a small pond full of lily pads, fish and ducks. The pond has a sculpture of a turtle in it and is crossed by a hump backed vermilion bridge. The hall of the shrine is painted a lovely shade of pale pink which complemented the cherry blossom perfectly. We spent a very relaxing time in the peaceful surroundings.

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