Miyagi #Day3-1 Shiogama shrine

I found that there is a shrine called Shiogama shrine near Matsushima, our destination today. We'll go to the shrine first.

It's raining too today. My shoes has already soaked for raining three days in a row. So I cover my feet with a plastic bag then put on my shoes. It's pretty better than I thought, actually.

The torii of Shiwahiko shrine.

Back to the story. Actually there are two shrines at Shiogama shrine. The other is Shiwahiko shrine. This time I visit Shiogama shrine and I write about it. Shiogama shrine is amazing, especially when you look it up from the torii near the start of the stairs of it. There are about 800 steps! Can you believe this? I think long stairs looks good on shrine. The emperor of Japan has visited here sometimes.

Shiogama shrine.

There is a small cafe called TSUKUSHI cafe near the torii and we take a break there. I order the master's original banana cake. It's so tasty. He tells us that there is the local newspaper that is still kept from Showa era to now. I have it seen. I think that people used to write anything directly compared to now. For example, if something like a guy get another guy's girl friend in the local happens, the name of all the people involved will be written. They don't describe in euphemism. Sometimes I have a laugh about its direct expression in a newspaper. Here Shiogama town is very small, so no one could keep anything secret in an old age.

Surprisingly not many people visit here, in spite of such a great shrine. Leave it to me, owner. I'll definitely make the shrine much more popular, I promise him. For me, this place will become one of the places I'll definitely take someone to who visit Miyagi prefecture. All the foods made by the owner are awesome too!

 

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Shiogama and Shiwahiko shrine http://www.shiogamajinja.jp/
TSUKUSHI cafe https://www.instagram.com/shiogama.tsukushi/?igshid=7g0v0kf0owcp

 

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松島の近くに、塩竈神社と呼ばれる神社があることを知り、まずそちらに向かいました。
実はここには二つの神社があって、もう一つが志波彦神社です。
写真の景色を見たかったら、塩竈神社の方です!

この日の天気も雨。靴はすでに浸水しているので靴下の上からビニール袋をかぶせてその状態で靴を履くスタイルにした。慣れてしまえば案外平気かも?
階段下の鳥居から見上げるととても壮大な塩竈神社。階段はなんと800段あります!長い階段と神社って合うよね。天皇陛下も何回か訪れたことがあるそうです。

鳥居の近くにお茶屋さんがあったので、ここでお茶をしました。
店主さん自家製のバナナケーキがとっても美味しかったぁ~
明治?昭和時代からの地元の新聞記事がずっと残っているらしくて見せてもらった。昔は結構ストレートに色々書いていたんだなと。あの人があの人を寝取ったとか!小さな村だからすぐに噂が広まってそれが新聞のネタにされてた!

あまり観光客訪れないと聞いてびっくり!こんなに壮大な神社なのに?
私にお任せください、と必ず有名にしてみせますから。と約束しました。
宮城に観光しに来る観光客がいたら、絶対に連れてくるスポットになりました。店主特製のケーキも美味しいから!

 

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