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Monjyu Yashiro (文殊社神社) & Atago (愛宕神社) Shrines in Sakurabashi Chyo in Shimizu Ku, Shziuoka City!

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If you board the Shizutetsu railway Line from Cenova department Store in Aoi Ku, shizuoka City towards Shimizu Ku, get off at Sakurabashi (桜橋駅) Station and walk above and across the Railway Line on your left and you will discover an isolated old shrine!

Actually, like many other shrines in Japan, you will find not one, but two shrines!

This fairly new post indicates that it is a 村社/sonjya or village shinto shrine!

This is a very old shrine, indeed, dating back to Japan Feudal Era!

A real stone hand-washing basin!

The main shrine!

Venerable trees is a sure sign of the old age of the shrine!

Now I wonder what that very heavy metal lid is for? Probably the cover of a big fireplace for festivals?

Elegant stone lantern!

With the cloud and deer carvings as found in many other shrines!

And a mountain carving!

The other lantern seemed a lot older!

The lantern is just too old to figure out what that carving represents!

Now, that stone lantern is really new!

A “smiling” lion guard on the left!

Its “roaring” companion on the right!

The main shrine with its rice straw garland, its bell and its wooden money offerings box!

Monjyu Yashiro/文殊社 shrine!

The smaller and older shrine behind it!

Pity that such shrines at the back are unusually inaccessible!

From the other side!

The names of old benefactors!

This old shrine is not dedicated t the same deities!

This shrine dates back from the Tokugawa Ieyasu Lord Era!

Atago/愛宕 shrine!

Now, this is a truly old tree!

No wonder it is considered as a natural cultural asset by the City of Shizuoka!

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