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4 Kinds of Cherry Blossoms Can Be Enjoyed with Calm, Cool and Collected -Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka-

May 15th, 2016

Utafue Shrine (歌笛神社) in Mitsuishi, Shinhidaka town is located in the northwestern part of Cape Erimo (えりも岬) and was founded in 1983, and moved here in 1902. Amaterasu-Omikami (天照大神 * the God of the sun), Hakusanhime-no-Kami (白山比賣神) and Kumano-Omikami (熊野大神) are enshrined. Utafue Shrine is a famous place for cherry blossoms, too, and cherry trees such as Double Cherry Tree (ヤエザクラ), Yezo Mountain Cherry Tree (エゾヤマザクラ), Yoshino Cherry Tree (ソメイヨシノ) and Weeping Cherry Tree (枝垂れ桜) grow on a mountain. Cherry blossoms are in full bloom from early May to mid May. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Utafue Shrine
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Nice Double Cherry Blossoms
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
I Look over Utafue Area from Approach
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Monuments
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Yezo Mountain Cherry Trees
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Weeping Cherry Tree
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Weeping Cherry Blossoms
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka

When I read Tweets, Utafue Shrine seems to be popular.

There are a main shrine (本殿), a war memorial monument (戦没者慰霊碑), a bato kannon (馬頭観音) and memorial monuments (周年碑) at the shrine's area. Except an approach, a narrow mountain road is provided, too, and visitors can go up to the main shrine by their cars. There are a gazobo and a restroom around a parking lot. A view from top of the mounatin is good, and I felt comfortable. Few vitiors come, and the visitors will feel easy.

Weeping Cherry Trees and Main Shrine
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Decorations of Dragon Are Cool
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Purification Fountain and Bato Kannon (Horse-Headed Kannon)
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Yezo Mountain Cherry Trees Grow on Slope of Mountain
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Except Approach, Mountain Road Is Provided
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
View from Foot of Mountain
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Parking Lot
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Gazebo
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Restroom
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka
Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking lot is provided (5 cars)
Business hours Open for 24 hours
Regular closing day Open years all round
Telephone number +81-146-43-2111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 564 668 513*25

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Utafue Shrine.

Mitsuishi Konbu Onsen Gonzo(三石昆布温泉 蔵三)
Ryokan Yoshida(旅館よしだ)      

A page of Hokkaido Cherry Tree is here

Hokkaido Cherry Tree

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