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Experience Japanese heritage on the Oyama pilgrimage, buy souvenirs of traditional Japanese sweets

Shonan Area 2h45m

In the Edo period, visiting Oyama was an incredibly popular experience. How about immersing yourself in the nostagic atmosphere of Oyama. The view of Sagami bay seen from Afuri jinja is majestic. Don't miss out on the local Koma Monaka; a sweet shaped like a spinning top taht is said to bring good luck, it makes a good present for celebrating marriage and the birth of a baby.

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Ooyama Afuri Shrine

This is an ancient shrine which is said to be built over 2000 years ago. Known as a place for praying for rain, as well as a sacred ground revered by many generals, the pilgrimage to Mount Ooyama became popular in the Edo Period. In 2016, this pilgrimage was designated as a Japan heritage site, with the view from Afuri Shrine featured with two Michelin stars.

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Select Shop YAMATOYA

Opened 350 years ago, Select Shop YAMATOYA sells everyday items and sundry goods in Isehara City. The shop is currently California themed, so the shop is always bustling with customers who are looking to buy fashion that you cannot usually find in Isehara.

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Sanoya Sweet Store

Sanoya is a Japanese sweet shop that sells seasonal Japanese sweets. Its signature sweet ‘Oyama Koma Monaka’ has the status of being a designated confectionary of the Kanagawa Prefecture. ‘Oyama Koma Monaka’ has a 300-year history and has been known as one of the best souvenirs to bring back from visiting Oyama Afuri Shrine. Since the firm axis of Koma-shaped ‘Oyama Koma Monaka’ signifies the s...

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