If you take the Ikumi Line/伊久身線 in Shimada City you will notice a torii gate at the foot of a long stone stairway next to Mukaiaisuimon/向合水門 bus stop.
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At first I had surmised it was the location of a single shrine called Sonsha Ooi Shrine (村社大井神社) which can be translated to « Village Shrine under the jurisdiction of Ooi Shrine »
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The first torii gate at the foot of the flight of stairs!
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Actually there was a monument standing beside he same stairs!
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Probably marking the site of the original shrine!
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The stairs leading to the main shrine!
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Almost there!
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The main shrine!
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A real stone hand washing basin under its own roof!
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A very old wood money offerings box!
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The roof seemed in good enough repair!
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Walking around the main shrine I noticed something else behind.
Nothing surprising as very often bigger buildings are built in front of the original shrine to restrict the access!
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Can you see it?
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Access completely blocked from there!
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Try as I may I wouldn’t reach it that way!
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Neither from the left hand side!
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That is when I found a path leading up on the left!
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Trekking around it!
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The roof of the original shrine behind the main building!
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From a precarious height I could somehow see the largest part of it!
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I even managed to get down around it only to be blocked by a surrounding wall!
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I could also get an aerial view of the roof of the main building!
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A typical moon and sun stone lantern!
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Old wood!
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I’m afraid that is how far one can go barring a housebreak!
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I decided to walk back and down around it!
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A last glance!
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I had to tread carefully!
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Instead of cutting back along my steps I decided to walk more to the right along another narrow path. That is when I discovered the second shrine!
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Usual rice straw garland but unusual metal money offerings box!
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A different style of stone lantern!
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Another smaller and older shrine!
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Down a modern flight of stairs!
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What do we have here?
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The name of the shrine by the stone hand washing basin under a roof!
Sui Shrine (水神社)!
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It does not look as as impressive as the shrine it is supposed to look after!
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Same stone lantern as above!
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Its torii gate!
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The bridge leading to it!
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A quaint shrine!
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Good-bye, sui Shrine!
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Walking around back to the original entrance!
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How long has that tree been there?
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Good-bye Sonsha Ooi Shrine!
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