Placeholder Image

Subtitles section Play video

  • Just two hours north of Tokyo lies the often overlooked region of Chichibu.

  • Surrounded by abundant natural beauty, many come here to experience the connection between

  • nature and religion.

  • The area has three major shrines, and today we're going to visit all three.

  • Although today we'll be traveling by car, the Chichibu region is easily accessible from

  • Tokyo by a 90 minute limited express train ride operated by Seibu Railways which connects

  • Ikebukuro to Seibu Chichibu Station.

  • Our first stop of the day will be the remote Mitsumine Shrine which is in the mountains

  • and can be reached by bus from Seibu Chichibu Station.

  • Next we'll visit Chichibu Shrine which is close to the station

  • And finally we'll end the day at Hodosan Shrine which is about a twenty minute walk

  • from nearby Nagatoro Station.

  • My name is Raina Ong, staff writer for, and today I'm on assignment going to the three

  • major shrines of Chichibu.

  • We're at Mitsumine Shrine in the mountains and surrounded by nature

  • There are also stone statues of wolves or ookami along the approach as they are thought

  • to be protectors of the land and messengers of the gods.

  • One of Chichibu's meibutsu, or local specialty is soba.

  • And we're gonna have soba for lunch.

  • Chichibu Shrine has a history of over 2000 years.

  • It's also the main shrine for the annual Chichibu Night Festival which is always held in December

  • and one of Japan's top three festivals to feature floats.

  • So, not every shrine has this, but

  • this is kinda like the water omikuji

  • so there's nothing written on it now

  • but I'm going to put it in the stream

  • pond

  • behind

  • and we'll see what comes up.

  • As you can see, the water revealed my fortune

  • three out of five hearts, it's a pretty good fortune.

  • We're finally at Hodosan Shrine, which is our last stop of the day.

  • The gods enshrined here are supposed to protect one against theft, robberies and fires

  • But many people also come here to pray for prosperity, family safety as well as for love.

  • With this, we're going to drive off into the sunset.

  • I hope this video has been enjoyable and perhaps even inspires some ideas should you decide

  • to plan a trip to Chichibu.

  • For more information about Chichibu or to watch another video, click the links on the

  • screen now, or head over to, your comprehensive, up-to-date travel guide,

  • first-hand from Japan.

  • Thanks for watching, and be sure to subscribe for more videos about Japan.

  • Happy travels.

Just two hours north of Tokyo lies the often overlooked region of Chichibu.

Subtitles and vocabulary

Operation of videos Adjust the video here to display the subtitles

B1 shrine station fortune surrounded region tokyo

Chichibu's 3 Most Famous Shrines |

  • 30 1
    Summer posted on 2020/04/28
Video vocabulary