Hiromine Shrine
Hiromine Shrine
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worthj1970
Nashville, TN2,393 contributions
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If you go to the castle, look to the North (opposite the station) and you'll see a building just to your right on the mountain; that's a hotel called Highland Villa; you'll be walking by there on the hike, and it's next to the shrine.

Take the local line to Nozato Station; ask the person at the station and he/she will point you in the right direction. It's one stop North from Himeji.

Bear in mind which way the train is moving. You want to exit the station area from what would be the rear of your train. Turn West (if you see a fairly large river you turned the wrong way) towards the obvious main business area. You should see a department store that says SATY on top. If you want to pick up snacks do it in that area; there's not much else along the way, and anything you buy at the shrine will be pricey; you should pass a bento (box lunch) place, either a Hokka Hokka Tei or a Kamadoya; it's decent cheap food. Go through the shopping area and you'll come to the only complex intersection of the trip; look for the horse racing track. You should see a sign at that intersection that says Hiromine Shrine in English (technically romajii as the script is called in Japanese). You could follow the signs if you want, but the route I've highlighted parallels the main road and is more interesting.

At the horse track turn right (north). There is a small lane that angles off to your left; take that and then follow it straight across the main road. You'll pass a reservoir and a small shrine; this small shrine is something few tourists ever see and is a true neighborhood shrine that gets used by the local residents; it's worth a short visit. Continue north past the shrine and eventually you'll join the main road again (though it is much smaller now). Turn left and after one or two hundred meters you'll see the trail off to your left; it's the only one there so just follow it up the mountain. It's steep at times and you'll pass an old homestead along the way; you'll cross the main road and you'll end up at Highland Villa.

At Highland Villa you'll see a small trail off to your left that leads to an overlook; take it if you want, but the view isn't that good and I found it to be a waste of time. That was a couple of years ago and to be fair a typhoon had been through fairly recently, so things might have changed. It's a short side trip.

From Highland Villa just follow the road deeper into the mountains. You'll get to the large parking area and see a massive Torii (gate) and you'll know you're in the shrine. After walking around the shrine continue on the small road/wide trail to the area behind it. It's been a couple of years since I was up there, but at that time there were a lot of old homesites that were somewhat interesting, in an odd, 'I've never seen this before' kind of way. Many still had cooking implements and old, broken cups/plates laying about. It was surreal. Keep on walking and you'll get to a trail on your left that takes you to the actual top of the mountain where there is a small shrine. If you continue on the main trail there isn't much to see, though I got very lucky once and encountered an old man farming (of all things) up on top of the mountain. He was using some very Japanese tools and was making a bamboo fence around his gardens. Again, somewhat surreal. The trail eventually goes to a golf course pretty far away; I've never walked the whole thing, though there's supposed to be a bus stop there.
Written 15 January 2008
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fionayyy
Hong Kong, China221 contributions
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Oct 2017 • Solo
From the outside, it may look like any other shrine, however, there's a wooden building behind, where there is a wall with 12 holes representing different gods (somewhat like zodiac signs or 12 Chinese zodiac). You can buy a set according to your year/month date of birth, which contains a small wooden rectangle, which you write your wish on it, a small Amulet for putting in your wallet and a "ornament" for putting in your home (Japanese people will put it in their "home shrine" for blessing from the gods). the small wish rectangle, you will put it in the appropriate hole mentioned above after whispering your wish 3 times into the hole.
Written 26 November 2017
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