There are a few small ones scattered about randomly on the sides of the roads, but this one was quite a bit bigger and more elaborate.
|The tiny little shrine at the end of our street|
Halfway up, Theo discovered a little path leading through the bamboos that he insisted we walk down.
Twenty mosquito bites later, we emerged from the trees at a small graveyard on the hillside.
After checking out the graveyard, we continued to the top of the steps and found the torii gate at the entrance of the shrine.
There was another set of steps beyond this with a rope stretched between pillars to symbolize a separation between the physical and spiritual world.
There were two protective lion statues placed on either side at the top of the final staircase.
The temizu basin, for purifying your hands, looked like it could use a good bit of purifying itself.
Finally, at the summit was the shrine.
We were the only ones there for the hour that we spent looking around. This is one of the few areas that I have found grass growing, and it looked as though there were picnicking spots near the torii. I was glad to have found such a quiet and peaceful spot just minutes from our place.