Suimu Jinja

Suimu Jinja 水無神社 35°50’55.2″N 137°42’32.5”E

Not far from Kisofukushima station is a small shrine called Suimu Jinja 水無神社, consisting only of haiden prayer hall and honden behind it. The Suimu Shrine is one of the branch offices formed from the Hida Kuni no Ichinomiya-Minashi Shrine in Gifu Prefecture . The names Suimu 水無 (すいむ) and Minashi 水無(みなし)both refer to the divide of the waters of the river system. In the case of the Minashi shrine in Hida, it is the MiyaRiver/Hida River, and in Shinano it is the Kiso River. 

Kiso Town (center), Mt Ontake (left), Kisofukushima Station and Suimu Shrine (center), Kisokomakogen Heights (right)

According to the local tradition, long ago there was a war in Hida, and the Hida Ichinomiya Minashi Shrine was about to get caught up in the war. Two timbermen who were from Kiso wished to return to their Kiso hometown. They hurriedly constructed a mikoshi to carry their kami back to Kiso. With difficulty enroute, they finally came to Kiso Fukushima with the mikoshi. As they crossed the mountain peak on the dark road, they accidentally dropped it. Tradition says that this is the site of the shrine. 

Haiden prayer hall with mountains in the east

Gosaishin: 高照姫命(たかてるひめのみこと)Taketeru-hime-no-mikoto. She is said to be a daughter of Onamuchi, Sosanowo’s son.

In this green forest, it is easy to believe that Taketeru is watching over the waters of the Kiso River.

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