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Japan Heritage - Experience Edo through paying a visit to pray at Oyama and staying at the pilgrim’s lodgings

Shonan Area 6h30m

After visiting "Oyama", a designated Japanese Heritage Site to pray, enjoy vegetarian cuisine at the pilgram's lodgings nestled between mountains. This experience soothes both body and mind. After spending a quiet, relaxing night there you will be refreshed. After that you can try making Soba noodles or picking strawberries. These two days are sure to satisfy your stomach.

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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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Oyama Shukubo (pilgrims' lodging at a temple)

Mt. Oyama has been a theme for rakugo "Oyama Mairi" and a subject matter of Ukiyoe. Afuri Jinja (Shinto shrine) and Aburisan Oyamadera (Buddhist temple) were deeply believed in by the common people in Edo and this religious development had led to prosperity of shukubo (pilgrims' lodging) and souvenir shops at Mt. Oyama. About 50 shukubos are still in business and their specialty are tofu dishes...

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Tahara-Furusato Park: Soba Restaurant Shinonome

You can experience making soba here even if you don't go to Nagano (known as Shinshu in the past). In the soba restaurant Shinonome next to the workshop, you can enjoy the unique taste of the soba you made, be it with friends, family, or even by yourself! Furusato Park is surrounded by rice fields and farms and has a water mill as well. It is also well-known for its farmers market which sells v...

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