– A continuation of the last story –
After leaving Heitate Shrine I visited Tsujunkyo Bridge. Both are located in Yamato-cho.
Tsujunkyo Bridge is Japan’s largest stone-arch aqueduct bridge, which was built in 1854 for water supply to local farmers. For more information please click Japan Web Magazine.
Fancy meeting Kumamon there!
Fortunately, I was able to see the waterfall which is a rare occurrence.
The other day, I drove to a country side “Yamoto-cho” where it took an hour and a half to get from Kumamoto city. There are several sightseeing spots in Yamato-cho. One of them is the Heitate shrine. Most people living in Kumamoto don’t know it. However it is famous among some Japanese because it is known as a spiritual place, where a mystic force provides energy, good luck and healing to a person who stands there. It seems that many people outside Kumamoto visit there.
You have to go up a long stone stars to reach the shrine.
This is the main shrine.
The history of the shrine is written on the board. It has a long history as nobody knows when it was founded. It worships several Shinto gods.
There are many huge trees around the shrine. Somehow I felt refreshed.
The Shinto priest was performing a purification ceremony. Some Japanese go to shrine to pray or purify something such as wishing their happiness, good health, or exorcising a person or place of evil spirits. I’m not a religious person, but I have also gone to a shrine for a purification ceremony a few times before.