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We happened to discover the mysterious shrine when we drove at Kirishima City. The scenery was beautiful especially at sunset. Personally this is important place for me since I came here with my wife before our marriage.
Walking at Wakamiko-bana
The place is designated as the Kirishima Kinko bay National Park. The scenery is wonderful.
Following picture is the entrance of the road to Wakamiko shrine. The road is paved but some places are narrow and not good for walking. So, please put on walking shoes.
The scenery is especially at sunset time.
The sun was going down to horizon between trees.
You can see Mt. Sakurajima at south. Luckily the volcano erupted when we came here.
The eruption smoke was flowing to east.
The road was about 2 km to the shrine (about 15 minutes by foot). The shape of the shrine is unique and cocoon-like.
The shrine was full of spiritual air. We made prayers at the shrine.
The shrine has been worshiped by local fishermen from the old time.
Emperor Jimu (1st Emperor) and Yamato-takeru are worshiped at this shrine. Yamato-takeru is famous for conquering Kumaso tribe of this area and it is said that he landed at this shrine before the conquer.
Free parking lot is available at the entrance of walking road.