When you go to Kurokawa onsen most of the people will pass Aso city.
If you like temple or shrine or pilgrimage to site used for movie or want to experience different temple from what you know, I guess better to go here.
This time I’m introducing about Kamishikimi Kumamo Imasu temple.
I also wrote other sightseeing places during this Kumamoto Onsen trip so please review if you have a time.
- Longest stair in Japan “Shakain Misaka walkway”
- Aso city famous water top 100 during “Heisei era” Shirakawa river
- Aso hotel Hotel Greenpia South Aso
- Kamishikimi Kumano Imasu temple
- Kurukawa onsen Hozantei
- Yuakari (light festival)
- Oita Kokonoe yume suspension bridge
- Aso Panoramaline
“Kamishikimi Kumano Imasu shrine” hot topic on SNS as entrance to a mysterious different world
At first I went to Kamishikimi Kumano Imasu shrine. Imasu mean exist in Japanese.
From the name also you can feel something attract you.
This place was also known as the model of the place for “Natsume’s book of friend” movie . Movie title is “Hotarubi no morie”.
Nearly 100 lanterns are lined up, and because it is in the mountains which cause not exposed to direct sunlight you can feel something different.
That kind of different environment intract the people and at SNS it was very popular and called “Entrance to a mysterious different world”.
Address：Kamishikimi, Takamori, Aso District, Kumamoto 869-1601
Temple parking area is free and it’s near to the post office. Refer google map in above the pin area is the parking area.
At side of the temple there is also pathway for car but if you go there high possibility that you will loss your chance to see the mysterious view so you’d better part at that pin place.
After you pass the entrance and walk for a while you will see torii. This temple also have many steps so just go up by your own pace.
I can’t see what’s in the back because of the fog.
When I was actually there, I was able to experience the silence that seemed to be cut off from the outside world, and there was an atmosphere where something like ghost seemed to come out, but I didn’t feel scare at all.
If you are fan of anime “Natsume’s book of friend” you may notice this is the place used at the movie scene.
You may check from below link.
“Natsume’s book of friend” movie Hotarubi no morie
There is also the walkway behind the shrine. If you go up the slope you can see “Ugetoiwa” which is the big crack at the rock.
“Ugetoiwa” is said that there is a merit of “passing / winning” as possible to overcome even the most difficult things because a large wind cave penetrates a huge rocky mountain.
It was quiet from the temple to the rock, but once I got here, I was able to hear the loud noise of the wind.
I got the impression that there was another world across this rock.
After this, I went back the way I came. When I passed through the torii gate and back to the entrance, the sound of a strong wind and snow began to fall.
Maybe because of temple is surrounded by trees, but I didn’t feel the sound of the wind until I left the torii gate.
It doesn’t take so much time to spend there, but it was really nice place to see Kamishikimi Kumano Imasu temple.
Recommand to below person
- Who like temple/shrine
- Who like the anime Natsume’s book of friend
- Who enjoy pilgrimage to site used for movie
- Who want to experience a strange atmosphere and an unprecedented atmosphere
Please review other report for Kumamoto onsen trip.