Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, Hakone-machi

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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. Plan to visit Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu during your Hakone-machi vacation using our convenient Hakone-machi vacation generator.
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  • This shrine was quiet and chill despite many tourists visiting (both local and overseas). It's interesting to see many art students sketching and drawing the sceneries surrounding the shrine too. But ...  more »
  • It's not as big as the Tori gate on Miyajima Island but it's also located in the water. Seeing this Tori gate, you definitely knew that you were still in Japan and not on some lake in the United State...  more »
  • It is really a peaceful and beautiful place that you must absolutely see ! Around this main Tori, there are a lot of other temple and interesting things to see ! Really easy to access but at the same ...  more »
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  • Very peaceful and scenic temple. Must visit if staying in hakone. Remember, toss coin, clap twice and pray.
  • A beautiful shrine surrounded by huge trees making it very peaceful and serene. The dragon fountain is amazing. It is a good place to visit after the ship ride across lake Ashi. You can make amazing photos if the weather is nice.
  • A must go shrine if you're visiting Hakone, quiet and magical place. Especially the famous torii gate where everybody need to take pictures with!
  • A nice little shrine to come visit after doing the trip around Hakone. The shrine itself is nothing too special (from a touristic point of view) but it's setting surrounded by huge cedar trees makes it worth a visit.
  • Beautiful and picturesque shrine on the Hakone lakeside, not even 5-10 minutes away from Moto-Hakone. Do note that it's busy even on really rainy days, so plan accordingly.