Audio Tours

Chapter 11 — Sarashina Shrine

Walk through the stately stone arch, the torii gate, that marks the entrance to spot #11, Sarashina Shrine. You will be surrounded by towering cedar trees growing around the ancient shrine and its sumo ring. Sarashina Shrine dates back to 433 A.D. Originally it was located at the top of the hill behind the current location, but in the year 887, an earthquake caused a landslide that destroyed the first building. This is one of the most historical shrines in the area. For me, though, what is most impressive, besides the timeless Japanese architecture, are the huge cedar trees that impart such a deep sense of peace and tranquility – if you can block out the sound of the cicadas.