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 Love Blessing at the Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 Nice to meet you! I am known as Chankoba, and I will be teaching you about the sightseeing spots in Saitama.    

I will now introduce an interesting tourist spot in Saitama, so please look forward to it.

 

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Today I will be introducing the Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine.

The Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine is about a 10 minute walk from the storehouse street.

 

■Love Blessing at the Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

Since it is known as the shrine with the blessing of love, women from all over the country visit the shrine.

 

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 ■The summer exhibition of the “corridor of marriage wind chimes”

The biggest highlight of the Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine is the summer exhibition of the “corridor of marriage wind chimes”.

This is a 10m long corridor of wind chimes with hanging prayers written on vertical cards.

The shrine grounds are decorated with about 2,000 multicolored wind chimes, and a beautiful sound can be heard when the wind blows.

When you hear this sound, you can also feel the cool refreshing wind.

The season of Corridor of marriage wind chimes

When: Beginning of July to the beginning of September

Time: 9 am to 9 pm (light up at night)

 

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Since the olden days, it is believed that the wind has the power to convey people’s feelings.

Due to this, people believe that the feelings written on the wind chimes around the shrine will be conveyed to their loved ones.

 

■Light Up at the night 

The wind chimes are light up at night, which creates a different scenery to enjoy.

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The shrine grounds also has sacred water that will purify the mind and body, and looks like the Milky Way when light up.

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On the left side of the main shrine is the ema (wooden tablets) tunnel.

The 10m tunnel is filled with wishes written on ema, and is also light up at night.

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■The Special fortune Telling for love 

In addition to this, the Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine has the “aitai mikuji” fortune Telling.

This omikuji (fortune Telling) is chosen by “fishing” a sea bream (tai) fish shaped fortune.

 

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 ■The Red pencil

Japan also has the phrase, “red string of fate”.

With this phrase in mind, the Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine sells a red colored pencil, called the “akai enpitsu” (red pencil).

The red pencil gets shorter as you use it, symbolizing the shrinking gap between you and your lover.

 

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 Admission Fee

Free Admission 

 Address

2-11, Miyashitamachi, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama, 350-0052, Japan

 Map

Google map

Parking Lot(Free)

Available

 Official site

  http://www.kawagoehikawa.jp/

 

Access

  Public Transport

From Kawagoe Station on the JR line or Tobu Tojo Line, take the Tobu Bus bound for "Shinmeicho Shako", 5 minutes on foot from "Kita-cho"

20 minutes on foot from Hon-Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line

Car

 15 minutes from Kawagoe IC on the Kan-Etsu Expressway