Sengen Shrine/浅間神社 and Kumano Shrine/熊野神社 were ercted in Mochimune, Shizuoka City at a time when the ocean/sea reached the slopes bordering the JR Railway Line.
Now you have to find a way across the same railway line to be able to reach them in Shiroyama Cho!
Once past the fairly modern concrete « torii »/sacred gates you will encounter the first stone lanterns/ »ishidoroo »!
The stone lanterns bear the common carvings of clouds and deer.
As well as that of mountains!
you will find on your left a simple, rustic stone hand wash basin with a small roof.
You will also notice another red torii ans small shrines on your left!
Past the stone hand was basin you will discover a tiny shrine spanning over what used to be a small pond!
Many more stone lanterns beside the stairs!
Sengen Shrine « haiden »/worshiping building.
More stone lanterns!
The shrine is guarded by two « komainu »/lion guards, the one of the left with its maw closed!
Its right paw resting on the back of a smaller lion.
I’m still investigating the meaning of this smaller lion sometimes found in other shrines!
The lion guard on the right with its maw open!
Its left paw resting on a sphere!
A closer view of the « haiden » with its praying bell rope!
« Sengen Shrine/浅間神社 », one of the more than 1,300 shrines affiliated to the main Sengen Shrine at the foot of Mount Fuji in Fujinomiya City!
Let’s have a look at Kumano Shrine/熊野神社 on the left!
Guarded by two very ancient lion guards!
Always two of them!
From there we can have a look at the « honden »/House of the god of Sengen Shrine closed to the public!
The side access to Kumano Shrine lined up with stone lanterns!
Actually it is more an association of small shrines, some of them with their own money offfering boxes!
All under big old trees!
Although the torii plaque states « Sengen Shrine », the stone is carved with the name of « kumano shrine »!
Dominated as usual by enormous trees which have seen a lot of puny humans along the years!
This anchor is the very proof that the site is dedicated to local mariners and fishermen!
Good-bye, Sengen Sengen Shrine! Good-bye, Kumano Shrine!
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