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Hakone Shrine Travel Guide (Info + 14 HDR Photos)

Hakone Shrine: Torii gate on the water (The Torii of Peace 「平和の鳥居」) of Lake Ashi (HDR Photo)This path runs from east to west. After walking a few minutes along the path, lined with traditional lamps and a mini-shrine, passing through a forest of tall cedar trees, the path opens to the main entry area to the shrine. To the right is a set of stairs leading up the mountain to Hakone Shrine. To the left is the famous torii gate which appears to be floating on water.

This is the heiwa-no-torii 「The Torii of Peace, 平和の鳥居」 which is an icon of the shrine. The torii lines up exactly with the stairs, and two torii gates (one at the bottom of the stairs and one at the top), leading to the main hall of Hakone Shrine in a north-south orientation.

Torii and Temizuya, at the bottom of stairs to main shrine at Hakone Shrine (HDR Photo)Personally, this is the best HDR photo I have ever taken in Japan. I don’t usually say things like this, but I feel it’s important to reflect positively on accomplishments you’re proud of…

Torii of Peace (Hakone Shrine’s “floating” red gate)

I must have taken about 100 photos of this torii, at different exposures and apertures (technical photography talk). The photo above is a combination of 13 photos merged together, to see the full dynamic range of light and shadow in the scene.

Turning away from the water and walking back up the stairs, we reach the (water purification basin) and the torii at the base of the main stairs. This point is also where the path from the town (where the first picture in this article was taken) intersects with the path leading from The Torii of Peace to the main hall of the shrine.

Torii and stairs leading to Hakone Shrine's Main Hall (HDR Photo)A few meters west of this area is a carpark and also a restaurant. I stopped at the restaurant for udon after visiting the shrine.

Temizuya (water purification basin)

After performing the temizuya ritual, we turn to face the stairs leading up to the main buildings of the shrine. You can just see the torii at the very top of the stairs.

Fourth Shrine Gate 「Dai-yon-torii, 第四鳥居」 and the 90 Steps 「Kyū-jū-dan, 九十段」

The stair case isn’t too large, but for the elderly or less mobile people, there’s plenty to see en route to the top. About halfway up the stairs on the right is a Japanese archery range, where traditional Japanese archery 「kyūdō, 弓道」 was taking place.

The archery range is part of the 「budō-ba, 武道場」 which is a general Japanese martial art 「budō, 武道」 field 「ba, 場」.

Archery (kyūdō) along the stairs to Hakone Shrine's main hall (HDR Photo) Hakone Shrine's East Torii (HDR Photo) Shrine to the Soga Brothers, a sub-shrine opposite the archery at Hakone Shrine (HDR Photo) Torii at the top of the stairs, Hakone-jinja (HDR Photo)

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