Although I went on this said day trip to Mitsumine Shrine at the beginning of the month, I thought finishing up 2017 with a mini travel post would be appropriate. Read on to see more photos of Mitsumine Shrine, one of the most famous power spots in Japan located on the summit of Mt. Mitsumine in Chichibu, Saitama.
A mini girls’ trip to the mountains
My friend Mika and I booked the bus tour for the first of December, and made our way to Mitsumine Shrine from Shinjuku Station at 7 A.M. The reason why it was important for us to go on the first of the month is because the shrine gives out special “Shiroi-ki-mamori,” or white good luck charms that are only available every first of the month. We also wanted to do a much-needed girl’s trip to a very sacred place in Japan that’s not so easily accessible. After a 3 hour drive with a few stops and absolutely no traffic on the road (lucky us!), we reached the the summit of Mt. Mitsumine.
Mitsumine Shrine is located in densely forested area in the mountains, and let me tell you, it was the most peaceful place I’ve ever been too. There was absolutely no wind, and although it was very chilly, the air was absolutely still and beautifully crisp. Even the fog looked ethereal and mysterious and made for some great photography.
The special white good luck charm
Mitsumine Shrine is actually known for wolf worship, and apparently the wolves would relay messages to the gods of Mitsumine. It’s interesting to note that the Japanese wolf has been extinct since the early 20th century. Also, the shrine is famous for the Enmusubi trees, two pines grown against each other that are said to bring good luck and fortune to those looking for a good math. After making our rounds to the various prayer spots at the shrine, we proceeded to get the white good luck charms, which were handmade to perfection. I’ve never seen such a pretty wooden box! We also enjoyed some of the local foods there at the dining area located at the entrance of the shrine.
Hoping this trip will help the both of us achieve our dreams and goals for 2018! Many thanks to all of you who have supported my blog this year and have an amazing New Year! See you all next year!
今回三峰神社へ行ったことによって、来年も更に充実した一年になりますように！今年も私とこのブログをサポートして頂いて、本当にありがとうございました！来年もどうぞ宜しくお願い致します。See you next year!
I would be the type to make the 7 am bus trip to get the white good luck charm as well! The Mitsumine Shrine looks like an incredible place and also seems to emit good vibes through the photos. Happy new year babe and can’t wait to see what else is in store for you in 2018!
A trip at the end of 2017 is the way to go! This place looks dreamy! I’m sure you and your friend thoroughly enjoyed yourselves! Happy 2018! Wishing you your best year yet!
Wow this is the perfect way to end the year! It looks so gorgeous out there I hope to make my way out to Japan in 2018 🙂 Happy new year babe! xo, sharon
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What a great trip to end the year especially sharing it with your friend. Thanks for sharing this. Very spiritual.
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Such an enchanting place! Would love to visit one day. Please take me with you 😉 I’m only based in Scotland haha!
Sounds like you had an amazing trip to a holy place. It always makes me sad to read about extinct species. I’ll google this, but I wonder if the Japanese wolf differs from other kinds of wolves. The pictures are beautiful and once again you’ve added a place for me to visit while in Japan on my long overdue trip.
What a lovely place to spend with your friend at the end of the year! the shots look very beautiful as well you both. I wish you a Happy New Year 2018, Samantha! can’t wait to follow your adventures this year and read your wonderful blog posts.
much love, Gina
Wow! This place looks so magical and, at the same time, peaceful. Great shots! I would love to come here. Thanks for the 7-am tip!
~ xo Sheree
I also feel the power from those beautiful photos!!
Happy New Year, 今年もよろしくお願いします
Great post to ending the year. Thank you for sharing places from Japan. Is so far from me but I will want to go at Tokyo. The pictures with the dog looking magical.
Wish you a fresh start for 2018.
This sounds like such a fun girls trip! It would be so awesome to travel to places like this. I love that you got such cool good luck charms, too! Hope it works well for you in 2018.
Wow, I’ve never heard of wolf worship but it does sound really intriguing. I love all the fog and how ethereal the whole shrine looked on the day you visited. Glad there was no traffic for you too! I would definitely want to visit the Mitsumine Shrine when I visit Japan. Wishing you the best in 2018!
Such a beautiful post and place to visit babe!! You are extremely lucky to live in Japan that have so many wonderful and beautiful places. I hope one day I can make it to Japan and make lots of local tourism. I’m pretty sure a need like 3 months so do everything lol Theres so many great cities. Thanks for sharing