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Hodosan shrine in Nagatoro, Saitama has beautiful appearance.

This is Hodosan Shrine in Nagatoro City, Saitama Prefecture.
It is appear to be very colorful and beautiful building.
According to Sha-den, it has been told that it was built before 1900.

In 111 year, during conquestions of Prince Yamtato Takeru-no-mikoto was being attacked by a ferocious wildfire along the way, so that could not be able to escape.
However, two dogs suddenly appeared, jumped into inferno and put out the fire, then guided to the head of mountain and disappeared after that. Mikoto believed this dogs to be a messengers of God, so this mountain named "Hodoyama" (meaning mountain that stopped the fire) and God worship was began.

Because of this origin, this shrine is well known for avoiding fire and theft. Moreover, after elected one star of "Michelin Green Guide Japon", more and more people come to pray for this shrine.
There is "okumiya" at the top of the mountain.

This shrine has the pray ceremony everyday. You can pray for house in the safety, prosperous business, avoiding fire and theft, traffic safety, money and good luck and so on.
If you looked up, you would see beautiful carving of dragons. There are five of them and they are said that they are keeping malarial spirit out from the God.






1828 Nagatoro,Nagatoro-machi, Chichibu District, Saitama