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Ōtoyo Shrine

A Shintō shrine along the southern end of the Philosopher’s Walk, Ōtoyo Shrine is a well-guarded secret to look at Camellia (in winter), weeping cherry blossoms (in spring), and Hydrangea (during rainy season). The shrine is guarded by a pair of mice (instead of lion). In 2020, during the year of the rat, the shrine was a popular spot for New Year’s shrine visit. As a photographer, I can recommend to visit the weeping cherry tree, as it is quite a unique site to have a tree as majestic as this one nestled against a dark forest.

Admission: open year-round
Nearby places of interest: The Philosopher’s Walk, Anraku-ji, Hōnen-in

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The wheeping cherry of Otoyo Shrine.

Spring 春
Summer 夏
Winter 冬
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