Bus Tour Visiting Suwa Taisha Shrine, the Oldest Guardian Gods of Japan

Bus Tour Visiting Suwa Taisha Shrine, the Oldest Guardian Gods of Japan


Stay at a Japanese-style hotel with a hot spring, and take a bus tour visiting Suwa Taisha Shrine complex consist of four shrines, known as one of the oldest and largest shrines in Japan.


・Tour around Suwa Taisha Shine complex, the grand head shrine of approximately 10,000 Suwa Shrines throughout Japan

・Visit all the four Suwa Shrines dotted in the area of 11 km around Lake Suwa, not easily accessible by walking

・Explanation on Suwa Taisha Shrine by the knowledgeable guide

・Watch the Onbashira, four wooden pillars, actually used during the Onbashira Festival held every six (traditionally reckoned as seven) years

・Watch the large Shimenawa (sacred rope) that keeps the holly area away from the everyday area

・You can be given Goshuin stamp or enjoy shopping at nearby souvenir shops during free time at each shrine

・You can easily start early in the morning as you stay at the ryokan on the previous night


Day 1: Checking in a Hotel

Stop At: Kamisuwa Onsen Shinyu Hotel, 2-chōme-6-30 Kogandōri, Suwa, Nagano 392-0027, Japan
15:00 Check-in

18:00 Dinner at the hotel

Duration: 18 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner: Local fresh ingredients from Nagano Prefecture
Accommodation included: Kamisuwa Onsen Shinyu

2-6-30, Kogan-dori, Suwa-shi, Nagano-ken 392-0027

Japanese tatami rooms for 4 persons per a room.

Day 2: Suwa Taisha Shrine Bus Tour

Stop At: Suwa Shrine, 1 Nakasu Miyayama, Suwa 392-0015 Nagano Prefecture
9:00 Check-out


9:20 Go for the Shrine visit tour〈by bus included in the tour price〉


Kami-Suwa Station (9:25 arrival/departure)


Suwa Taisha Kamisha Maemiya (9:45 arrival/10:05 departure)


Suwa Taisha Kamisha Honmiya(10:10 arrival/10:50 departure)


Suwa Taisha Shimosha Harumiya (11:20 arrival/11:45 departure)


Suwa Taisha Shimosha Akimiya (11:50 arrival/12:20 departure)


Kami-Suwa Station (13:35 arrival/departure)


12:40 The tour ends upon arrival at Shinyu


Suwa Taisha Shrine is the grand head shrine of more than 10,000 Suwa Shrines throughout Japan. The complex consists of four main shrines (Kamisha Honmiya, Kamisha Maemiya, Shimosha Harumiya, Shimosha Akimiya) located on the south side and the north side of Lake Suwa, which complex is very unique even in Japan. The god of Honmiya is Takeminakata, affectionately called Suwa Daimyojin or Osuwasama. Its consort, Yasakatome, is enshrined in Maemiya. The two gods, a married couple, are called as "Deities for household harmony."

The bus tour visits famous Suwa Taisha Shrine complex, known as the site with spiritual energy, dotted in the area of 11 km around Lake Suwa with the guide.

1. Suwa Taisha Shrine Honmiya

You will be impressed with the mystic atmosphere of the solemn sanctuary there. The god named Takeminakata, also called the guardian deity of Japan, is enshrined in Honmiya. The mountain where Suwa Shrine is located on is regarded as god itself. Suwa Taisha Shrine sits on the geologic fault caused about 8 million years ago, which spreads across the Japanese Archipelago and gains attention as the site with spiritual energy. On the same geological fault, important Shinto Shrines such as Ise Jingu and Toyokawa Inari are situated. It denotes Suwa Taisha is regarded as equal to Ise Grand Shrine, closely related to the Imperial Family.

2. Suwa Taisha Maemiya

This shrine is situated in the unspoiled natural forest as the area used to a tabooed land. Though it is the smallest among the four shrines, it keeps a quiet atmosphere, away from the bustle, where your mind is calmed. Located in the south of Lake Suwa, it is regarded as the birthplace of Shinto religion with Suwa Shrine. Among the four, only Maemiya has the main hall built in 1932 using the same lumbers for Ise Grand Shrine. Also there is the ceremonial place called Jikkenro whose lengsh is about 18 meters.

3. Suwa Taisha Akimiya

There are many historical buildings designated as Important Cultural Property, for example, Kaguraden built in 1835, and Haiden in 1781. The guardian dogs are 170 cm tall, the largest pairs made of bronze in Japan. Also famous is the large 'Shimenawa' sacred rope, twisted clockwise that prevents the evil spirit from entering. Another large Shimenawa rope in Izumo Taisha Shrine is twisted counterclockwise and it prevents the internal evil spirit from coming out. The sacred tree of the shrine is a 800 year-old cedar called 'Neiri-no-sugi' near the entrance. They say you can sleep sound if you place its leaf under your pillow as Neiri has similar sound as "to fall asleap."

4. Suwa Taisha Harumiya

The approach to Harumiya leads to Lake Suwa. Togawa River flows by Harumiya and there built Ukishima Shrines on the island in the river. They say the island is never swept away by the flood thanks to the power of gods. The worship hall built in Edo Period (1603-1868) has carvings of Lions and Baku (mythological Chinese chimera) and they are designated as National Important Cultural Properties. The great cedar tree having two-pronged tips is called 'Musubi-no-matsu' and is considered to have the benefit of matchmaking. Under the "Geba Bridge" placed on the approach which was built during Muromachi Period (1336-1573), flows the Mitarashi River where all the people, regardless of status levels, would cleanse their body.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Local fresh ingredients from Nagano Prefecture
No accommodation included on this day.

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Stroller accessible"
"Near public transportation"
"Infants must sit on laps"
"Infant seats available"
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Most travelers can participate"
"Please prepare comfortable outfit and shoes that are easy to walk for the tour"
"This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
"This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers"
"Face masks required for travelers in public areas"
"Face masks required for guides in public areas"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"

Hora de Inicio: 03:00 PM
Duración: 2 Days
Lugar de comienzo: Kamisuwa Onsen Shinyu Hotel, 2-chōme-6-30 Kogandōri, Suwa, Nagano 392-0027, Japan

Cancelaciones y devoluciones: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


  • 1x Breakfast
  • 1x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 1 night
  • Accommodation fee
  • Tour fee
  • Entry/Admission - Kamisuwa Onsen Shinyu Hotel
  • Entry/Admission - Suwa Shrine

No Incluye

  • Beverages
  • Bath Tax (150 yen)


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