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Yahiko Shrine

"Tastes of JAPAN by ANA" is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory.

Yahiko Shrine’s history goes back so far that it was featured in the Manyoshu, an ancient collection of Japanese poems. People affectionately call it “Oyahiko-sama.” It is popular for being the location with the greatest spiritual energy in Niigata.

As the highest-ranking shrine in Echigo, it has been attracting believers since times of old. Nicknamed "Oyahiko-sama", the shrine is visited by over 200,000 people every year for their first shrine visit of the year. The enshrined deity is Ame-no-Kagoyama-no-Mikoto, the great-grandchild of the goddess Amaterasu. Over 2,400 years are said to have passed since this historic shrine was built. It is even mentioned in the Japan’s ancient Manyoshu, a collection of poems.

There is also a park called Yahiko Park near to the shrine. Its waterfalls, mountain streams, and tunnels really show you Japan’s unique charm. Close to Yahiko Station, the park boasts a vast area of 132,232 square meters.
The park’s Maple Valley is particularly renowned as a site for autumn foliage. The stunning scenery created by the vermillion-lacquered Kan-tsuki Bridge and the red leaves relaxes those who come to see it. The autumn foliage is lit up at night, creating an otherworldly realm. The park is also a famous cherry blossom spot. Visitors can enjoy rare species of cherry blossom, such as sato-zakura mountain cherry trees.

Location

Name Yahiko Shrine
Web Sites (In Japanese) https://www.e-yahiko.com/sight/%E5%BC%A5%E5%BD%A6%E7%A5%9E%E7%A4%BE
Address 2887-2 Yahiko, Yahiko-mura, Nishikanbara-gun, Niigata
Access 15 minutes’ walk from Yahiko Station on the JR Yahiko Line
There is a direct bus (the Yahiko and Iwamuro Onsen Liner) to Yahiko Shrine from Niigata Airport (Once per day/one way only)
Inquiries TEL:0256-94-3154 (Yahiko Tourist Association)

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