Visiting Izanagi Shrine, said to be the final resting place of the god Izanagi, who gave birth to the Japanese archipelago with Izanami. Located on Awajishima, the first island born during the kuniumi process, this shrine is also said to be the oldest shrine in Japan.
Located on top of Mount Senzan, said to be the first mountain created on Awajishima, Senkoji was said to be founded by a hunter who was led by a manifestation of Senjukannon (thousand-armed Kannon) in the form of a wild boar. Also serving as the first temple of the Thirteen Buddhas of Awajishima, the temple also worships Fudo Myo-o or Acala.
Basking in the beautiful sights of Kankakei Gorge in Shodoshima via the Kankakei Ropeway, a 5 minutes ride. The view of the sky, sea and gorge all in one is one of the most beautiful sights I have seen, added with the fiery autumn colors appearing in the second half of November.
Visiting the complex shrine of Lake Suwa, the Suwa Taisha or Suwa Grand Shrine, dating back to the late 7th century as indicated in the Kojiki. Enshrouded by conflicting myths surrounding its Kami, I was particularly fond of the ancient ambience of these shrines.
A trip to one of the Three Views of Japan – Amanohashidate, roughly translates to “bridge to heaven”. Viewing the sandbar from the southern and northern bays, walking on the pine-tree covered sandbar, and side visits to Chionji and Motoise Kono Jinja.
Admiring autumn leaves through a short hike from Togakushi-hokosha (lower shrine) to Togakushi-okusha (upper shrine), located in former Togakure, said to be the birthplace of the Togakure-ryu Ninja School.