Hotaka Shrine is a wonderful place to get a sense of Azumino and even greater Japanese culture. Shrines are scattered throughout Japan, but Hotaka shrine is unique for its adjacent historical museum and founding sense of Azumino. Hotaka-no-mikoto, the tutelary deity of the region and Japan Alps, is worshipped here as well as in Kamikochi and at the summit of Mt. Oku-Hotaka. Also, if you haven’t been to a shrine or many, Hotaka Shrine is gorgeous, surrounded by old trees, and even famed for its special energy power concentrations.
- By train: 3 min. walk from the JR Hotaka Station (30 min-ride from Matsumoto)
By car: 10 min. from Azumino Interchange
- 6079 Hotaka