23.10.2023 Update

Hakone Shrine

Hakone Shrine is an ancient and venerable shrine that dates back to the beginning of the Nara period, in the first year of the Tenpyo Hoji era (757 AD).

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It was established by Monk Manmaru, who was in training on Mount Hakone when he received divine guidance from the Hakone Daimyojin, leading to its consecration at its present location on the shores of Lake Ashi. Over the centuries, it gained deep reverence from samurai, including Minamoto no Yoritomo and Tokugawa Ieyasu, and it also thrived as a sacred site for the Shugendo sect. In the early modern period, it became a place of popular faith along with the development of the Hakone road, known for its efficacy in bringing good luck, warding off misfortune, fulfilling wishes, and ensuring safe travels. The Hakone mountain worship became even more popular. The approach to the main hall, starting from the peaceful torii gate by Lake Ashi, is lined with ancient cedar trees over 600 years old, creating a solemn atmosphere. Behind the vermilion-painted gongen-style main shrine, there is the Himeshara primeval forest, a natural monument in Kanagawa Prefecture. From the Gontogen Mitarashi Pond and Lake Ashi below, a magnificent view of the vermilion torii gate reflecting the sacred Mount Fuji can be enjoyed. The sub-shrine, Kuzuryu Shrine (Shingu and Hongu), is deeply venerated as a deity of prosperity, financial fortune, business prosperity, and matchmaking. Particularly, on the 13th of each month, the Tsukinami Festival held at Hongu attracts numerous worshippers from all over the country. [Divine Blessings] Good luck, protection from misfortune, wish fulfillment, victory protection, traffic safety, matchmaking, household safety, business prosperity [Deities] Hakone Daimyojin [Visitation Format] Two bows, two claps, one bow

On July 31st, the "Ashinoko Ancient Water Festival" is held, dedicated to the legendary dragon. Monks sail on pirate ships across the lake, offering red rice to the bottom of the lake. Floating lanterns illuminate the lake surface, and fireworks light up the sky.

Visiting Hakone Shrine at Night

Hakone Lake Festival Week: Hakone's summer festival features various events, ceremonies, fireworks displays, and other festivities, including the grand festival of Hakone Shrine. A colorful array of fireworks launched in six different locations adds a brilliant touch to Hakone's summer scenery.
Detailed Information:
Visiting Hours:
Reception for amulets and goshuin stamps: 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM
Reception for prayers: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Reception for Treasure Hall visit: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Duration: 1 hour
Holidays: None (Note: The Treasure Hall may be temporarily closed for exhibit changes)
Admission Fee: Free for shrine visit (Treasure Hall: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for children, group discount available for 25 people or more)
Facilities: Barrier-free access available

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