Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, Hakone-machi

Tucked away on the forested shores of Lake Ashi, Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu stands as one of the nation's major Shinto sites. Founded originally in the 8th century, the complex includes buildings that date back to the 1660s. The grounds feature an array of wooden structures with swooping rooftops and a distinctive black-and-red color scheme, all surrounded by dense cedar woods. Note that many dragons and dragon-like creatures from Japanese mythology adorn the interiors of the shrine's buildings, intended to protect the site from evil spirits. Don't miss the entryway of the main shrine--this red gate, just offshore in the waters of the lake, represents one of the most iconic scenes anywhere in the country. For Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and beyond, use our Hakone-machi road trip app to get the most from your Hakone-machi vacation.
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  • A famous shrine with its enormous 'torii' (Red Wood) Gate set a few yards into the Ashi Lake. Were it not overrun with 200 or more Locals and Visiting Tourists (all taking Selfies, and in pairs...  more »
  • Due to Covid, the shrine gate in the water was roped off. However the rest of the shrine was open and provided enough space that people could social-distance. This is a great stop when visiting the...  more »
  • this serene lakeside shrine has everything - towering cedars, a beautiful torii gate on the shore of lake ashi, and a main shrine complex up a steep flight of stairs to make your pilgrimage...  more »
  • Very beautiful place. I recommend getting there at sunrise if you’re looking for that perfect photo. It gets very congested and people waiting in line don’t give you room or time for photos. Good food vendors, prices are decent.
  • This shrine is stunning. It's an easy walk from the ship landing through the town and up the street to the shrine and once you are there, you'll know because the entrance can't be missed. It's a gorgeous walk past some very ancient trees and up some stairs to the main shrine area. The tori gate on the water is a photo opportunity none missed and there was a long line to have a photo taken there.
  • A beautiful shrine complex, set in a wooded area with a lot of very large trees around and leading up to the shrine. It also has a large Tori gate in the lake with a wonderful picturesque views. It’s a pleasant drive to get there but very much worth it and we highly recommend visiting there.
  • Beautiful! The Tori gate by the water is beautiful and unlike anything I've ever seen in a shrine. Absolutely stunning. Can go for a nice stroll around the lake. Walk to the top of the shrine isn't too bad either.
  • Nice place even though a bit far. To take a pic of the half submerged red Tori gates, please be prepared to queue as there were easily 30 persons in the queue when we were there during the day. As usual lots of stairs climbing to go to the temple.

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