Last month I did a walk in northern Fukuoka, in Fukutsu city. If I go there mainly in summer for the pool (which unfortunately closed down last August) and the huge Aeon Mall, Fukutsu also offers great beaches and Miyajidake shrine where I went that day. Yes again a sanctuary, I didn't went to shrines for a long time and I kind of missed that.
There are 3 times in a year when you can enjoy Miyajidake the best : in February, May and October. In February and October for 3 days the sun sets in the stack axis toriis. It was even featured in a CM for JAl featuring the pop group Arashi and since the steps are taken over by the fans... I hope it's subdued in October because I intend to go there and enjoy the view quietly ! In May it's the time for iris festival. The shrines adorned with its thousands of purple flowers that herald the summer and I decided to go there because 1. it 's been awhile since I had not visited a place in Fukuoka and 2. because I have almost no memory of my first and only visit that goes back 3 years ago. One Sunday morning I took Daisuke with me and we went there .
The shrine was beautiful and we loved it but it was very weird as visit. Daisuke doesn't like walking, visiting shrines and everything, so he was not motivated and I had to really insist fo him to come. As for me the train and the bus had softened me. But visiting the shrine we both felt energy and were suddenly a lot better. I don't know if it'sa power spot or if it's the super nice flowers that gave us energy but were were all high tension.
Taking this opportunity, I wanted a good luck charm or amulet. My choice was finally settled on a small purple Daruma which bring me luck in the realization of my projects. Perfect for my blog! I hesitated among all the colors available, all with a very specific meaning, but I found purple really perfect.
Without going through the prayer corner because it was really busy, we went behind the sanctuary. There is a large park with a multitude of small altars including one for the love that was super cute. There is also a small zoo (it's actually a farm), but the animals were in a bad condition and I didn't like it at all. The old houses were also in very poor condition and there were small stands of premises where they sold various objects in order to raise money for renovation. It's unfortunate that Japan has to go through individual donations for the renovation. Sometimes I feel that Japan is really doing nothing to save its heritage outside of religious buildings ... Overall I didn't really like the park but fortunately there was the pretty iris to make up for it. We went back home shortly not before tasting my first tapioca drink ever. It was really good!
Nothing to do but in this post I'm suddenly craving for chocolate muffin. I go to combini while letting you view my pictures !
|5 yens coins|
|Miyajidake shrine, Fukuoka|
|I October I'll go again to see the sundown just right here|
Shôbu (菖蒲) : iris
Nichiyôbi (日曜日) : sunday
Sanpai suru (参拝する) : praying at the temple or at the shrine
Access and useful informations
Miyajidake shrine (宮地嶽神社)Adress :
7-1 Miyajimoto-machi, Fukutsu-shi, Fukuoka
Access fromFukuoka :
From Hakata station take the Kagoshima line and get off at Fukuma (26 minutes in rapid train. 460 yens). Then take the bus in front of the station and get off at Miyajidake Miya Mae (8 minutes for 170 yens).
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