Spot" is a place which gives energy to rejuvenate our heart and body, and
is very popular among women these days. There are several leading "Power
１．【Kamafuta Shrine】～Bringing Good Luck and Good Fortune～
The Kamafuta Shrine is located on a cape where
you can see the beautiful
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After parking the car at the parking lots, one walks towards the sea and witnesses the great open sea, and also the mysterious red shrine building.
Closing in on the shrine, one will be able to witness an amusing scene of people walking slowly towards the shrine while trying to balance a kamafuta (pot cover) over their heads, taking care not to drop it. This is one of the ways of offering a prayer. It is said that if one can balance the kamafuta and walk a distance of 10m from the Torii Gate to the Shrine without dropping the kamafuta, the prayer will be answered. The most difficult part of the route is a three-step flight of stairs, where it is really difficult to keep balance. Upon failure (i.e. the kamafuta drops), one may attempt the feat again.
There is another way of offering a prayer called the kamafuta-nage (pot cover toss). One attempts to toss a palm-sized, unglazed (bisque-fired) kamafuta (which costs 100 yen) into a pot fixed on a rocky plain about 3m below the shrine premises. If the small kamafuta lands within the pot, it is said that one can expect something good to happen (i.e. good luck).
After offering prayers, one enters the shrine and can purchase omamori (good luck charms) and ema (votive picture tablets). A picture of a dragon is painted on the ceiling of the shrine. One will get engrossed by staring at the painting, where the globe held by the dragon seems to emanate light. This shrine is originally dedicated to the worship of the god of war, and hence receives many visitors to pray for victory of all sorts. Besides that, there are also other good luck charms praying for the passing of examinations, a fruitful love relationship, traffic safety, and good business sales.
Located on the right of the main shrine is a divine tree, which is apparently the greatest power spot. This is due to the solemn atmosphere around the divine tree. In the shrine, there are also visitors who came to offer their thanks after their prayers had been answered - which is the recovery from an illness.
There is a small path located on the cape at a
corner of the shrine. The small path leads to a beautiful spot with a
breathtaking view, known as the Kibou no
↓ They have many kinds of Charms ↓
↑ For good-luck and wade off the evil spirits
↑ Lucky Charms
Left: Lucky Charm Right: Road Safety Charm
Access to Kamafuta Shrine:
２．【Banshobana Nature Park】～The Bell of Happiness～
During the Edo period, Ino Tadataka, who walked throughout
the whole of
Named "Tatsu no Otoshigo (seahorses) ~ Kichigane", it is said that the Bell of Bansho, when sounded, brings good fortune.
The Tatsu no Otoshigo (seahorses) living in the nearby sea is a symbol of "Health, Luck, Children, Safe delivery (of a baby), Loving Husband and Wife, and Fruitful Love relationship". The offering of prayer is done by sounding the bell a corresponding number of times. The first sounding of the bell prays for good luck, the second for good health, the third for a fruitful love relationship and loving husband and wife, the fourth for children, and the fifth sounding of the bell prays for the safe delivery of a baby.
The Tatsu no Otoshigo (seahorses) is seen in the form of a rising dragon, which symbolizes good fortune. In a pair, they recognize each other as lifetime partners, and in a position to lay eggs, their stomach is in contact with each other, resembling a heart shape.
Why don't you ring the Bell of Happiness and make a wish too?
～The Very First Honeymoon Destination in Japan～
～ Ryoma and Oryo～
Speaking of the Power Spot of Kagoshima, one would first think of Kirishima Shrine. Backed by the Takachihomine peak, the Kirishima Shrine worships the Niniginomikoto, grandchild of the Amaterasu Goddess, in the ancient legend of Tenson Kourin (Descending of the Heavenly Grandchild). Built in the 6th century, this shrine has a very long history. The shrine has great beauty and dignity, and a mysterious atmosphere that awes all its visitors.
Walking past the pilgrimage path covered in lush greenery and aged cedar trees, the sophisticated vermilion structure of the shrine appears before you. Just by being there, one can feel his/her heart being cleansed.
４．【Yakushima】～World Natural Heritage - the Mystery of Nature～
Yakushima island is the first Japanese site to
be registered as a World Natural Heritage in 1993. With nature being retained
in its original primitive state while human beings reside, Yakushima island
receives good appraisal as a role model showcasing human and nature living in
harmony. The circumference of the island is 132km. Located right in the middle
of the island is
A well-known nature spot, Yakushima island
receives many visitors from within and outside
We would like to recommend three power spots in Yakushima island.
First, the Shiradani Unsuikyo Ravine - this is the place where forest in which the Shishigami (name of a character) resides is modelled after, in the animated movie "Mononoke Hime". After walking about two hours, we arrive at a mysterious area covered by lush greenery, which is known as "The Forest of Mononoke Hime". The mysterious feel of the place cannot be described in words. The forest is fully covered in moss and surrounded by Yakusugi (thousand year old Japanese cedar trees), and one can enjoy seeing the different variety of Yakusugi. Stopping once a while to check out the moss, one will be fascinated by its beauty. Especially after rain, the beauty of Shiradani Unsuikyo Ravine is simply fascinating and will capture one's heart.
Second, it is none other than the Jomon Cedar. It takes 11 hours to travel to and fro the Jomon cedar, which is said to be of 7200 years old. It is a cedar tree worth a visit once a lifetime. Some people said that upon seeing the Jomon Cedar, one will change his perspective on life. Located in the midst of misty fog, the majestic Jomon Cedar commands a sense of presence. There is much to learn from this Jomon Cedar, which has protected and watched over the forest since ancient times. We recommend the
Yakusugi Shizenkan (Yakusugi Nature Museum) http://www5.ocn.ne.jp/~yakumuse/
2739-343, Awa, Yakushima-cho, Kumage-gun, Kagoshima-ken, 〒891-4311
Yakushima Tourism Association http://www1.ocn.ne.jp/~yakukan/