|1 hours 30 mins|
|09:00 AM - 04:30 PM|
Temple & Monument
Iseyama Kotai Shrine is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Iseyama Kotai Shrine is special ?
The Iseyama Kotai Shrine, located on a hillside adjacent to Kamoyama Park, is the shrine which protects Yokohama. It is a branch of the Ise Kotai-jingu Shrine. Its establishment date is not clear, but it is known that it was removed here from Tobe-cho in Nishi-ku in 1869. The main hall is a good example of shimmei zukuri Shinto architectural design, noteworthy for its simple but elegant lines. Also highly acclaimed are the cherry trees in the compound, which can best be viewed in full bloom in early April each year.
What to explore at Iseyama Kotai Shrine?
When walking up the main staircase you will notice several stone tablets, wooden lanterns and numerous inscriptions immaculately carved into each stone pillar. Fortunately on this occasion, there were many colorful hydrangeas planted around this section making everything look even more colorful and vibrant.
Upon reaching the top you will pass under a large ‘torii’ marking the entrance to this shrine; giving you your first real chance to gauge its surprisingly spacious layout.
Situated directly in front of you is a wide open area where the main shrine is set back several meters. To the left of this are some ‘mini shrines’, partially obscured by several large weeping willow trees. Whether planted here intentionally or not, the rich green tones emanating from these trees contrasts perfectly with the surrounding landscape.
When walking around, you will notice a section towards your right containing many ‘ema’ (wooden tablets), used for praying. Unsurprisingly, Iseyama Kotai is a popular place for locals to visit during New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. On these days it can get extremely crowded, taking several hours just to reach the main shrine from the bottom of the staircase!
How to get to Iseyama Kotai Shrine?
Despite being only about a 10 minute walk from Sakuragicho Station, Iseyama Kotai can be an unusually difficult place to find without a map. The best option would be to visit any tourist Information Center in Yokohama which should be able to print you a copy of a map. Directions can also be found on the official website at www.iseyama.jp/
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Small shrine but really calm and quiet. Great to add as an addition to your stamp collection. Recommend if you ever are in Yokohama.