Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Mt Tsukuba Shrine is an ancient shrine in the Ibaraki Prefecture. The shrine has a history of over 3000 years, its name appearing in poems written in the 8th and 10th century. Tsukuba Mountain has been considered a sacred mountain since people started to live in the Kanto area. The male “kami” or spirit, enshrined on the Nantaysan peak, and the female “kami”, enshrined on the Nyotaisan peak, represent the Izanagi-no-Mikoto and Izanami-no-Mikoto deities. Tha main hall of the shrine is at the base of the mountain on the south side.
A huge metal Torii signals the way to the shrine, and a smaller concrete torii marks the entrance to the shrine grounds.
The holy bridge was dedicated by a Tokugawa warlord to the shrine, and passing through the bridge is allowed only on certain festival days in February, March and November.
The gate to the main courtyard is beautiful old wooden gate that gives perfect emphasis to the age of the shrine.
In the main court there is an old tree called “marubakusu”, it has been designated as a natural monument by the city, it is said that there are only two trees of this type in Japan.
The gardens on the courtyard are beautiful and well kept. Some of the structures were slightly damaged by the earthquake and still need to be repaired.
The Main shrine with his giant bell. the carving on the shrine and adjacent building, are similar to the ones in Nikko.
The shrine it is believed to bestow marital harmony and conjugal bliss and has become a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings.
View Mt Tsukuba in a larger map