[Hiking Course] 1:40 PM – Go Hiking to Kuzuryu Shrine Hongu
Next, we’ll introduce two separate hiking routes. The first is a route that allows you to fully enjoy hiking, and the other is a course where you will get a great view of Mt. Fuji. The first hiking course takes a total of about 1 hour.
At Hakonemachi-ko (OH66), we’ll board the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise to go across Lake Ashi and head for Togendai (OH65) on the other side.
Afterward, we will walk for about 30 minutes from Togendai to Kuzuryu Shrine Hongu.
Kuzuryu Shrine Hongu sits on the precincts of Hakone-jinja shrine and is a well-known shrine in Hakone.
According to legend, there was once a holy priest known as Mangan, who was bestowed with special powers by the gods enshrined at Hakone-jinja shrine. Through a rite called choboku (*1), the priest defeated a poisonous dragon that lived at the bottom of Lake Ashi and tormented residents.
After the dragon was pacified, it came to be worshipped as a “great nine-headed dragon god” (kuzuryu okami) and was honored as a deity at Kuzuryu Shrine Hongu.
The temple is known for its high level of goshintoku (*2), or luck in money, business, matchmaking, and general fortune. As a result, visitors make the pilgrimage here from far away.
Kuzuryu Shrine Hongu is located a bit of a walk from Togendai. Due to this, it’s a little-known spot with relatively few people. This is an ideal spot for hiking on days when the weather is nice.
The sacred atmosphere of Kuzuryu Shrine Hongu will help soothe your emotional fatigue and refresh your body and spirit.
*1 chobuku: a Buddhist rite in which a person’s body and state of mind is elevated to a high level, allowing them to overcome the temptation to commit evil acts and do bad things.
*2 goshintoku: a blessing from a god.