Sonsha Ooi Shrine (村社大井神社) & Sui Shrine (水神社) in Shimada City!


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.

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 »

The first torii gate at the foot of the flight of stairs!

Actually there was a monument standing beside he same stairs!

Probably marking the site of the original shrine!

The stairs leading to the main shrine!

Almost there!

The main shrine!

A real stone hand washing basin under its own roof!

A very old wood money offerings box!

The roof seemed in good enough repair!

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!

Can you see it?

Access completely blocked from there!

Try as I may I wouldn’t reach it that way!

Neither from the left hand side!

That is when I found a path leading up on the left!

Trekking around it!

The roof of the original shrine behind the main building!

From a precarious height I could somehow see the largest part of it!

I even managed to get down around it only to be blocked by a surrounding wall!

I could also get an aerial view of the roof of the main building!

A typical moon and sun stone lantern!

Old wood!

I’m afraid that is how far one can go barring a housebreak!

I decided to walk back and down around it!

A last glance!

I had to tread carefully!

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!

Usual rice straw garland but unusual metal money offerings box!

A different style of stone lantern!

Another smaller and older shrine!

Down a modern flight of stairs!

What do we have here?

The name of the shrine by the stone hand washing basin under a roof!
Sui Shrine (水神社)!

It does not look as as impressive as the shrine it is supposed to look after!

Same stone lantern as above!

Its torii gate!

The bridge leading to it!

A quaint shrine!

Good-bye, sui Shrine!

Walking around back to the original entrance!

How long has that tree been there?

Good-bye Sonsha Ooi Shrine!
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