Mid Jun
Late Aug
Wind chime event at Hisaizu Shrine
Lynda Hogan

Wind Chimes at Hisaizu Shrine

An annual event at one of Saitama's oldest shrines

Lynda Hogan   - 1 min read
Venue : Iwatsuki Sochinjyu Hisaizu Jinja When : Mid Jun - Late Aug 2022

Hisaizu Shrine is located in Iwatsuki Ward in Saitama City. It is known fondly as the "Quiz" shrine as the kanji (chinese characters) for the shrine 久伊豆 can be read "ku - i - zu". Hence many people pray there for good luck in academics. Each year in summer, the shrine has a beautiful display of wind chimes. They also have a summer season "goshuincho," a type of special notebook for collecting the stamps or seals of shrines and temples.

The wind chimes are on display from around the middle of June until the end of August. The special summer edition of the goshuincho is available during the summer months - June, July and August. A peacock features on both the stamp or seal book because the shrine has resident peacocks. However, they kindly request that you don't just visit the shrine to take photos of the peacocks. Also, please note that due to the Coronavirus the shrine is only open until 4 pm. The precincts are open until 7 pm.

Getting there

The nearest station is Higashi Iwatsuki station on the Tobu Noda (Urban) line. The shrine is close to the tracks but the station is about a fifteen walk. Iwatsuki station is about a 20 minute walk from the shrine. The Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum is close to that station.

There is parking for 100 cars. The parking lot is open from 5 am to 6 pm and is free of charge. It is a 10 minute drive from the Iwatsuki Interchange.

Lynda Hogan

Lynda Hogan @lynda.hogan

Lynda has been in Japan for 20 years and blogging about Saitama on her personal blog insaitama.com for 14 of them.  Despite its central location, just North of Tokyo, Saitama is still quite unknown to the international tourist, but frequented by domestic travelers. It is a great place to experien...