Takashima Island


In Gamagori there is an island, just off shore, housing a collection of old Shinto Shrines. It’s a small island, not even a mile across.


Besides the shrines, there are beaches around the outer edge of the island which are known for their shellfish.


After paying respects at the various shrines, it’s a quick walk back from the exit, though not necessarily and easy one.


There is an uneven path set between the hill the shrines are perched upon and the surrounding beaches. Some places are quite steep, especially for those wearing inappropriate shoes. The walk is only about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how many pictures you stop to take or shells you decided to collect.


My friends and I took about 40 minutes for obvious reasons.


A Shrine in Inuyama

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I recently tried going to Inuyama, to see a famous castle there. It’s said that the castle is about 500 years old, so liking old stuff, I jumped on a train and went. However, I didn’t factor the time it takes to get from Nagoya to Inuyama (Gifu, I think?), so it was closed by the time I got there.

So, I went for a walk around the area instead.

I came across this shrine, which I made a small offering at, and bought a few things to take back with me. I also came across a lot of really old houses, though I didn’t take any pictures, since they are still private residences.

Once the weather isn’t so muggy, I plan to go back.

Festival at Atsuta Shrine


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Today was my day off, so I decided to explore a bit. After looking around the building where I will be spending the next two weeks, I felt adventurous, and took a train to Atsuta Shrine.

Well, I took a few trains really, since I got on the train headed in the wrong direction. I first ended up in a small town in the middle of nowhere, before catching the correct train.

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Once at the correct stop, I followed the throngs of people to the festival. Before heading in, I hit up the 7-11 for some snacks (everyone was).

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Inside, there were tons of booths selling food and toys. There were the same booths over and over, selling grilled foods, fruit, noodles, sweets, and shaved ice. The crowds were so thick, it took me almost 3 hours to get through the entire shrine.

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The areas closest to the actual shrines where the shinto gods are housed were actually not as crowded, compared to the food booths and the space where they planned to shoot off the fireworks.

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I followed the lead of the people in front of me and paid my respects/asked for a good year.

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I also made a wish at a small alcove, after I overheard a grandma explain how to do so to her grandson. It was tucked away in the back and consisted of splashing water 3x over a rock in a small stream.

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On the way back to the exit, there was a small procession, where people carried wooden displays housing lanterns, through the crowd. I was able to take a video on my phone as they came through. You can see it HERE.

All in all, it was pretty cool, if a bit exhausting.