Togakushi has long been known as a sacred place where Japanese Yamabushi (mountain priests) practice asceticism since the Heian Period (794 - 1185).
Togakusi-jinja Shrine is the collective name of five shrines (Okusha, Chusha, Hokosha, Kuzuryusha, and Hinomikosha) located in the foot of Mt. Togakushi.
Surrounded by hundreds of years old cypress trees, the shrine has a spring, which is reputed to never dry up no matter how long a drought lasts.
It has been worshipped as the shrine of the god of water and agriculture.
- Open 24 hours
- Treasure House (Chusha): 9:00 - 16:30
- No closing days
Access / Public Transport
- Chusha: 60 minutes from JR Nagano Station by the bus bound for Togakushi-kogen. Get off at Togakushi-Chusha Bus Stop.
- Hokosha: 50 minutes from JR Nagano Station by the bus bound for Togakushi-kogen. Get off at Togakushi-Hokosha Bus Stop.
- Okusha: 65 minutes from JR Nagano Station by the bus bound for Togakushi-kogen. Get off at Togakushi-Okusha Bus Stop, then walk 40 minutes.