Nogi Shrine is a beautiful shrine in Nasushiobara, that sits amongst delightful rustic grounds. The cedar & oak woods are beautiful, and there are statues, water mills, and historic villas as well as wildflowers scattered throughout.The paths between the shrine and the pond make for an interesting and pleasant walk regardless of season. Nogi Villa at the back was the home of General Nogi Maresuke (1849-1912) - A national hero during the Meiji period and also known for committing suicide on the same day as the funeral of the Emperor Meiji as he did not want to outlive him.
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