Heisenji Hakusan Shrine

Listen to the whisper of sylvan spirits in the forest

By Takako Sakamoto    - 1 min read

Since I moved to Fukui five years ago, Heisenji Hakusan Shrine had been on the top of my 'must-see' list. As this shrine is famous for its beautiful moss that covers the entire ground, I was waiting for the opportunity to see it in its best condition.

In mid-June this year when the rainy season just started, I visited the shrine for the first time. And I'm glad that I did. It was just awesome. I felt like I was enveloped by sylvan spirits and merged with the green forest. If you think I'm exaggerating come feel it yourself. You'll believe me. It's about 10 to 15 minutes by bus/taxi from Echizen Katsuyama Station and has a fascinating history.

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

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