Nearest station

Shiojiri

JR Chūō Main Line

Nagano-ken, Shiojiri-shi, Seba 3340

長野県塩尻市洗馬3340

槻井泉神社

   Tsukui-izumi Jinja

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August 15, 2017

Enshrined Deities:  

Main

Ōyamazumi-kami (22)                  大山祇神

Mizuha-no-me-no-kami (32)   弥都波能売神

Homuda-wake-no-mikoto            品陀和氣命

Saruta-hiko-kami (115)           猿田毘古神

Wakamiya-Hachiman              若宮八幡

From Merged Shrines

In-ground Shrines: 

Earliest mention of:   

Annual Festival:   November 23

Update on January 3, 2018, A Tale of Decay

The photo to the left is the Daikongen (大權現)

in-ground shrine as of August 15, 2017, when I first visited  the Tsukui-izuma Jinja. The photo beneath it is the same Daikongen as of January 3, 2018. The torii has collapsed of decay. In a semi-rural area like this where the population is aging and dec-

lining, maintenance, perhaps even preservation, of shrines such as this will inevitably become increasingly difficult

History 

According to a notice board at the shrine, it was founded in 870 during the reign of the Emperor Seiwa.  In the reign of the following emperor, Yōzei, it was awarded what was apparently a relatively high ranking of  Jugoinoge (Junior Fifth Rank, Lower Grade) in recognition of its local importance. Until late in the Edo period it seems to have been known as Hachiman-Miya. At that time, a certain Urabe Yoshiro established that the description of a shrine named Tsukui-izumi in a name plaque in the ​Nihon Sandai Jitsuroku almost certainly identified it with the Hachiman-Miya in Seba, and the Tsukui-izumi Jinja name was subsequently adopted.

 

Description

About four km, 20 minutes by bus from Shiojiri Station. The shrine is built on the side of a hill, and after going through the torii there is a 120 flight staircase leading up to the prayer hall and a further 51 flights from there to the main hall. The latter dates to 1764. There are small shrines scattered here and there in the grounds. Its most interesting natural feature is a large wisteria vine which first breaks ground just to the left of the torii, winds on and up through the surrounding trees and reappears on the level of the prayer hall before continuing on and up. It is said to be a spectacular sight when it blooms, normally in mid-May.

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   Tsukuiizumi Jinja 槻井泉神社
Mitsumine Jinja   三峯神社
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