Aga Shrine – One of the Best Places to Admire Cherry Blossoms in Shiga!



Spring is one of the best seasons to come to Japan. Cherry blossoms (Sakura) are the special feature of spring in Japan. You can see many cherry trees in bloom all over Japan. Aga shrine is one of the most popular places to enjoy the beautiful landscape with cherry blossoms in Shiga prefecture. It is especially fantastic to see the flowers with the mountainous background. If you are in Shiga in spring and want to see the real spring life of Japanese people, Aga shrine is the best place to visit!

About Aga Shrine

Aga shrine in Shiga prefecture is known as Tarobogu shrine. It is located about halfway up to the 350m high mountain called Akagamiyama. Akagamiyama also has a nickname of “Tarobo-san.” “Tarobogu shrine and “Tarobo-san” are even more popular names of these places. It was founded about 1400 years ago. It is famous for the power of answering prayers. People believe that they can bring good luck and success to business and protect themselves against evil by praying in this shrine.

Aga shrine is dedicated to Masakaakatsu kachihayahi ame no oshihomimi no mikoto, the first son of Amaterasuomikami who is the Sun goddess in Japanese myths. There are long stone steps in the shrine. After climbing all the stone steps, you can see the main shrine which keeps the vestige from the ancient faith. On the way to the main shrine, you will see small shrines and the Seven Deities of Good Fortune carved on the rocks.

Around the main shrine, there are huge rocks called Iwaza which have fantastic and unusual shape. The huge rock called Fufuiwa (the rock of husband and wife) in front of the main shrine is believed to be divided into two parts by the power of God. This is the most important rock among the others around. People believe that if a liar goes between the rocks, he will be getting caught by the rocks.

Enjoy the Breathtaking View

From the observation platform at Aga shrine, you can see a very beautiful landscape in any season. On the east side, you can see the view of Aoyama highland. You will also be able to see the view of mountains in Nara Prefecture on the south side and the landscape of Hieizan and Biwa Lake on the west side. However, when these breathtaking views harmonize with beautiful cherry blossoms, it looks spectacular indeed.

The Cherry Blossoms of Aga Shrine

When approaching Aga shrine by the main road, many people enjoy seeing the spectacular view of cherry blossom tree lining up this road. We always associate spring with cherry blossoms in Japan. People are looking forward to enjoying the advent of spring every year by viewing the cherry blossoms in April. Hanami, a picnic under the cherry blossoms, is the most popular way to spend time with family, friends, and colleagues. The tunnel of the cherry blossoms along the road to the shrine always welcomes visitors in spring. About 1000 cherry trees make this fantastic tunnel which stretches to the foot of Tarobo-san.

Details and Access

Season: From the beginning of April to the middle of April
Place: Aga shrine in Shiga Prefecture
Home Page (Japanese only): http://www.tarobo.sakura.ne.jp/
Address: 2247, Owaki-cho, Higashiomi City, Shiga Prefecture
Access: 10 minutes by taxi from Hatukaichi station of Omitetsudo or
20 minutes on foot from Tarobogumae station.

Closing Remarks

Aga shrine is famous for the beautiful landscape with the mountain – Tarobo-san. Spring is one of the best seasons to visit the shrine when it is surrounded by the beautiful cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms are a symbol of Japanese spring. You can’t miss it! Also, the food stands during hanami are popular too. You can try local food and sweets to make your day happier. I am sure you will have a fantastic time when you visit Aga shrine!

If you would like to know more about Aga shrine and Shiga prefecture, click on the banner below and visit it with a local guide who will make your visit unforgettable.

Enjoy Sakura in Japan!

Cherry blossoms are an essential part of Japanese culture. And, viewing cherry blossoms (Hanami) is very popular in Japan during the spring. This is because cherry blossoms, which the Japanese call “Sakura” are stunning at this season.

If you are planning to visit Japan this spring and want to discover more cherry blossoms spots in Kyoto area, please check the following article. It’s covering the best Hanami spots in the old capital and provides you with the essential information, so you can get the most from your Sakura trip!

Here’s the link. URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/2566/ 

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. It will be a miss if you don’t visit Osaka to see cherry blossoms when you are in the Kansai area in spring. Please check the following article to find out the best cherry blossoms viewing spots in Osaka and Kansai!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/osaka-kansai-cherry-blossoms-spots-sakura-festivals-feel-spring 

Kyoto and Osaka have many beautiful spots to see Cherry blossoms. However, other areas also have excellent places for hanami. Tokyo features many of those spots as well! If you are in Tokyo around spring and looking for a place to see cherry blossoms, Why don’t you check the following article?

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/1805/

Would You Like to Know How to Enjoy a Japanese Festival Even More?

A lot of people when they get to a Matsuri for the first time feel a bit lost. They confuse about what is happening around. If you are new to Japanese Festivals or want to know an alternative way of how you can enjoy these events, the following article will provide you with a set of helpful tips on how to choose a proper festival and activities you should try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5363/

Did You Know That There is a Festival Every Day Somewhere in Japan?

Japan is a country of festivals indeed. Matsuri is an essential part of traditional Japanese culture. Thus, every day somewhere in Japan a festival takes place. There are traditional and modern festivals, on the sea and on the ground, in summer and winter. Japanese are hardworking people. However, when you attend at least one festival in Japan, you will understand how locals like to party. The article under the link below will introduce you to a celebration on any day of the year. I am sure you will find an event that suits your interests utmost!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/6572/


I hope that my introduction articles about Japan will be helpful for your stay!

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