Minakami Hachiman Shrine
Minakami Hachiman jinja
This shrine was built in the first half of the 10th century under the name of Minakami-gû 水上宮 (a generic name for shrines worshipping the dragon god of Water Mikumari no kami 水分神) but got rehabilitated into a Hachiman Shrine during the 11th century. It got its final name in the 13th century after it got renovated to worship the gods of agriculture and the military.
Its moss-covered stone path and its thatch-roofed shrine (National Important Cultural Property) give this place a timeless atmosphere.
Distance from the station: 25 min.
Distance from Yutagawa Onsen: 15 min. (by bicycle)
Bear encounters possible. We advise you to bring a bear bell.
Mizusawa's Kumano shrine
The shrine was first built during the 10th century. Behind the shrine, the giant cedar tree, which age has been estimated over 1000 years old, has been registered in the National Natural Monuments lists in 1927.