Mandy Bartok

Shirayama-hime Shrine

The head of Japan's Shirayama shrines

Mandy Bartok   - 1 min read

Japan boasts over 3000 Shirayama shrines throughout the archipelago, but the atmospheric shrine here in Ishikawa is the main branch. Known to the locals as simply Shirayama-san, the complex is reached by climbing numerous stairs and passing through a small forest of cedar trees, many dating back over a millenium.

The shrine's treasure hall contains numerous items that have been designated as important cultural assets. The hall can be visited from 9:00am-4:00pm for a fee of ¥300. 

Mandy Bartok

Mandy Bartok @mandy.bartok

Japan resident for 10 years, with time spent in Okinawa, Kumamoto and Tokyo.