Nasu-onsen-jinja Shrine is at the foot of Chausu-dake Mountain (1915m). Nasu-yumoto Onsen Hot Springs is very close to this shrine. In 630, a local official named Kano Yukihiro hunted a white deer, which was eating the crops in his field. He shot an arrow at, and hit the deer, but it escaped. He followed the deer into Nasu-yumoto, and eventually found the deer soaking in an unknown hot spring to heal its wound. Looking at the deer in the hot spring, Kano thought it was a blessing from God. And so he dedicated this shrine. This shrine is also famous for Nasuno Yoichi, in the Tale of the Heike.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。