Atago Shrine (愛宕神社) is only one of many such named shrines in Japan and it has been standing for more than 500 years on one of the ancient Tokaido Rads.
Due to its age it is more a cluster of shrines than a single one.
This is the second installment starting from the Miwa Torii/Triple Torii Gate of Kinpei Shrine!
It was then back to climbing the long stone stairs!
Some the ancient cedar trees along the way were truly enormous!
Some even bore an official name!
Taking a break to have a look back at the stairs I have already climbed!
Coming to a bend!
Another big stone torii gate in the distance!
It proved to be just another torii gate to encourage you climbing the stairs between the tall cedar trees!
This particular part of the stairs is called the “Goblin’s Climb”!
A bifurcation to the Shimizu Mountain!
That will be for the next time!
Way to the Atago Boulder Forest. We are in Kutsunoya machi, 3 Chome!
Stone lanterns guarding the entrance to another small shrine on the way!
I will have to check the mountain trekking possibilities soon!
A sacred tree, a shrine shed and a small park!
Three very ancient small shrines!
A remarkable old tree clinging to the slope!
The last flight of stairs!
In sight at last!
The stone hand washing basin!
The proper way to wash your hands!
A shrine shed and an isolated stone lantern!
Familiar carvings on it!
A cloud and a mountain!
But no deer this time!
The main shrine!
The altar is a bit at the back!
A sponsor’s lantern!
The rice straw garland!
The roofing is in good repair in spite of the height!
Another beautiful pinion!
Back to the entrance!
Good-bye Atago Shrine!
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