Gosha Shrine, Hamamatsu

Shrine to the gods of land and parenting

By Illaura Rossiter    - 1 min read

Gosha Shrine is a unified shrine to the gods of land and the gods of parenting. This shrine is home to several treasures. One of these is its temizuya, or Shinto water ablution pavilion, which was donated by the lord of Hamamatsu Castle in 1638. Other treasures include the hand-cut stones around the base of the inner shrine, which are said to be sung about in folk tales, and the Unateri-nomitama Monument. This shrine is at its busiest in November during the Shichi-go-san festivities for young children, but is also a popular New Year's destination for locals.

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Illaura Rossiter

Illaura Rossiter @illaura.rossiter

A semi-professional photographer and English teacher, Illaura is a long-term resident of Japan who photographs every day life and scenes in Japan to promote a better understanding of Japanese culture.