The origin of Kippo Hachiman Shrine in Kamogawa goes back to 829. The main shrine that stands today is estimated to be built in around 1875, and the dragon carving at the entrance, made by the famed carver Ihachi from the Edo period, catches your eye. On the last Sunday of September, the ritual called Yabusame is held. It’s a traditional Japanese archery on a running horse, and the scene is quite exciting! Too bad the event has been cancelled for this year, but let’s hope for the next year.
Did you know that Minamiboso was the birthplace of dairy farming in Japan? In the 18th century, Shogun Yoshimune imported three white cows from India, which were then brought to the foot of Mt. Mineoka and dairy farming started. Today the site has been turned into Dairy Village. It includes a museum introducing the history of dairy farming in Japan, a green hill where white goats are released, and a little stream with a walking path. An ideal spot to visit with your family.
The lotus at Oga Lotus Garden in Kamogawa are not just any kind. Their parent seeds were excavated from 2000-year-old stratum in Chiba, and the plant was named after Dr. Oga, who succeeded in sprouting and yielding a gorgeous pink flower from one of them. The flowers are at their best in early mornings from the end of June to the beginning of August. Also don’t wear your nice shoes as you walk between muddy rice paddies from the parking lot to the garden.
Mt. Tomisan is a twin-peak hill located in the north of Minamiboso City. It is described as a deep, foggy mountain in Nanso Satomi Hakkenden, a novel written by Takizawa Bakin in the Edo Period, but is actually quite climber friendly. One of their hiking courses leads you to a cave set as a place where Princess Fuse and her dog stayed in the novel. Depending on the course and season, you can enjoy different activities such as narcissus flower viewing and orange picking.
Sunosaki Shrine stands on the tip of Sunosaki Cape, the western most part of Tateyama City. Climbing up steep steps, the 300-year-old shrine building welcomes you against the beautiful green of natural forest. If you turn around and see where you came from, you will be dazzled by the view of the ocean spreading from down below to the horizon. At the festival in August, the portable shrine is carried down the 147 steps, while the carriers roll the shrine wildly.