Sabae's Funatsu Jinja Shrine

This 1500-year-old shrine is elegant and beautiful

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

Funatsu Jinja, a venerable shrine in Sabae, Fukui, is over 1500 years old. Like many shrines, it is located in the middle of a grove of beautiful trees, some of which are very tall, and also old. This shrine faces Mt. Oo. When a shrine has a long approach, like this one does, there is real drama to your walk as you get closer and closer to the main building of worship. The main gate, or torii, is quite large and majestic.

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: Contact me: