The Beauty of Afuri Jinja Shrine

High, high up on Mt. Oyama in Kanagawa

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

Afuri Jina Shrine, located on Mt. Oyama in Kanagawa Prefecture was once a popular pilgrimage destination in Japan's Edo era. It shares the mountain with Oyama Temple, and other minor temples and shrines, a cable car, and many inns (whose specialty in tofu). The mountain is beautiful, and so this is a perfect place for a one-day trip, being just an hour or so away from Shinjuku or Yokohama. There are two Afuri Jinja shrines here actually; the larger sub-shrine at the top of the cable car, and then the main but much smaller shrine at the top of the mountain.

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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: