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The shrine boasts a history of 2,000 years and has long been the object of worship, as it is listed as a Meishin-taisha in the Engi-shiki family of shrines.
It is said that the shrine was originally located at the summit of Mt. Amatsu-take on the Aizu Plateau, and was repeatedly relocated to Mt. Hakaseyama and Mt. Myojingatake, and in the 13th year of Emperor Kinmei (522), the shrine was moved to Takata-nanbara, and in the 21st year of the same Emperor (530), the shrine was moved to its present location.
According to legend, the shrine was named Aizu (Aizu) because its deities, Ohiko-no-mikoto and Takenunakawawawake-no-mikoto, met each other, and the shrine is also the head shrine of Aizu, Oshu-ninomiya, and Iwashiro-no-ichimiya.
The mikoshi (portable shrine) donated by Moriyasu Ashina in the late Muromachi period (1336-1573) is designated as a national important cultural property, and the Hoshina family of the Aizu domain reveres the shrine and its many treasures.
The Isasumi Shrine Rice Planting Festival is one of the three oldest forms of rice planting in Fukushima Prefecture, and includes the traditional horse dance, lion chase, and rice-planting dolls.
|Address||4377 Miyabayashiko, Aizutakada Town, Onuma County, Fukushima Prefecture
|Contact us||Isasumi Shrine Office|
|TEL / FAX||TEL：0242-54-5050
Usuzumizakura is said to be the sacred tree of Isasumi Shrine. The blossoms are double, with some single blossoms mixed in. At the beginning of blooming, the blossoms are white with light black tints, gradually turning red, and at the end, the center becomes a deep red color.
The fragrance of the blossoms is so special that it is called the “fragrant thin ink cherry blossom.” When in bloom, the shrine grounds are filled with the scent of cherry blossoms, attracting visitors.
Best time to see: Late April to early May
It houses and exhibits many treasures, including a vermilion-lacquered gilt bronze-robed portable shrine designated as a national important cultural property.
Admission: Adults 300 yen, Children 150 yen
Tenkai High Priest Priest Oteue Hinoki
Located on the east side of the main shrine of Isasumi Shrine, it is said to have been planted by Tenkai High Priest in 1558.
It is a large tree with a trunk circumference of over 4 meters and is designated as a Fukushima Prefecture Green Cultural Asset.