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History and culture in Shonai Town have been carefully safeguarded by our forefathers.

Visitors can get to know the history and culture of the town through historic temples and shrines, historic sites, and the achievements of great figures who helped the community and Japan.

Shonai Town Tourist site  Shrines/Temples

A list of tourist sites

  • Amarume Hachiman Shrine

    This shrine has gathered worshippers since ancient times as the grove of the village shrine. One of three Hachiman shrines in Shonai, the main shrine was constructed in 1814 in the same style as Sa...

  • Goshonooji Shrine

    The shrine deifies Mimorowake no Mikoto. The great general, Yoshitsune is said to have stopped here on his way to Hiraizumi, and the Inari Shrine on the shrine grounds is thought to have been built...

  • Byakkosan Kosho Temple

    This is one of the 33 Kannon Pilgrimage places in Shonai. Many people from around Japan make the pilgrimage to the temple. It was said that in 861 when a monk was staying at Mt. Haguro, he establis...

  • Kumagai Shrine

    Along with Dewa Sanzan and Zenpo Temple, Kumagai Shrine has long attracted worshippers as a sacred place in Shonai. Saburoube Kumagai, who is enshrined as a guardian spirit, is a noted historic ind...

  • Kiyokawa Shrine

    This is where Hachiro Kiyokawa, a senior 4th rank patriot of the Meiji Restoration, is enshrined. His possessions are on permanent display in the memorial hall located on the shrine grounds.

  • Kanki Temple

    This temple has the graves of Tojibe Saito, men of the Shonai Clan who died fighting in the Japanese civil war, and people who died in the Tenpo famine. The Folding Screen of the 12 Celestials, dra...

  • Kitadate Shrine

    Toshinaga Kitadatedaigaku, who led construction of Kitadate Dam, is enshrined as a water god. A festival is held here each year from May 1–3. In addition, various leather strap armor bindings and a...

  • Kenryu Temple

    This temple was constructed in 1565. On the temple grounds is a tower to praise the achievements of Kitadatedaigaku, a stela to commemorate a visit by the Emperor Meiji, and the grave of Kitadateda...

  • Banzeizan Reigan Temple

    This is a branch temple of Soon Temple in Tsuruoka that was established in the Bunroku era (1592–1595). At the time of its construction, it was of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, but later converted t...

  • Baishizan Jokei Temple

    Keigaku Taisho established the temple on land where the feudal castle stood belonging to the lord of Amarume, Abo. The temple was constructed in the Nanbokucho period. Handwritten scrolls by Monpon...

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