A Trip to the Origin Place of Legends,
Mt. Horaiji and Yuya Onsen
In Shinshiro City, Aichi Prefecture, Mt. Horaiji and Yuya Onsen are known to many as “power spots,” spiritual places of health and healing.
Read on for a trip that takes you to power spots in the middle of nature.
Midway up the sacred mountain is the ancient Horaiji Temple, founded around 1,300 years ago by the legendary mountain monk Rishu.
The grateful emperor constructed an elegant temple on the mountain where Rishu lived and named it Horaiji Temple, meaning “Temple of the Arriving Phoenix.”
Founded by Rishu and revered as a sacred mountain, Horaiji Temple is the head temple of the Gochi group, part of the Shingon sect of Buddhism with the statue of Yakushi Nyorai as the principal object of worship.
Widely known from ancient times as “a place where fishing and hunting are prohibited,” after the temple was established it was patronized by Emperor Monmu, the third Tokugawa shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu (1604-1651) and other influential people over a period of about 1,300 years. Haiku poet Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) and many other representative figures of Japanese culture are also recorded to have visited the temple.
Horaisan Toshogu Shrine
In addition to overnight stays or day trips to enjoy the hot springs at one of the ryokans or hotels, there’s also a free footbath you can use.
＜Guest House Hoo! Hoo!＞
Taste Japanese Sake Houraisen at Yuya Onsen
At Yuya Onsen’s ryokans, you can taste Japanese sake brand Houraisen from Sekiya Brewery Co., Ltd., a well-loved and long-established sake brewery in Okumikawa.
Tokugawa Ieyasu and Tora Doji Omamori (Souvenir)
Believed to be signs of good luck, in addition to owl-shaped omamori for sale at Mt. Horaiji and Horaisan Toshogu Shrine, it is also possible to find owl goods at stores in the area.
When visiting Mt. Horaiji, one local specialty you’ll want to try is “gohei-mochi.”
Gohei-mochi is crushed rice on a stick that is then covered in miso or soy sauce and grilled. This traditional, regional cuisine of Okumikawa has a savory, sweet taste with a delightful aroma.
Try it at Okame Chaya or Restaurant Kasasugi along the temple’s approach on Mt. Horaiji or at Inaka Chaya Matsuya in the vicinity of Yuya Onsen Station.
Roadside Station Mokkulu ShinshiroIn addition to purchasing local Okumikawa souvenirs, you can use a footbath run with Yuya Onsen hot spring water.
【Address】329-7 Gotanda, Yatsukaho, Shinshiro City
【Holidays】Open every day (footbath closed on Thursdays)
[Depart 9:15] Fujigaoka Station Bus Stop (City of Nagoya)
↓(Highway Bus Shinshiro Nagoya Fujigaoka Line “Yama-no-Minatogo” 66 min.)
[Arrive 10:21] Roadside Station Mokkulu Shinshiro Minami Bus Stop
[Depart 10:30] Roadside Station Mokkulu Shinshiro Minami Bus Stop
↓ (S Bus Yuya Onsen Mokkulu Shinshiro Line [Bound for Mt. Horaiji Sancho] 42 min.)
[Arrive 11:12] Mt. Horaiji Sancho Bus Stop
Walk up Mt. Horaiji (Stay for approx. 4 hours)
From Mt. Horaiji main temple to the entrance of the temple’s approach has around 1,425 stone steps, taking approx. 1 hour and 15 min. one-way
[Depart 15:33] Horaiji Temple Bus Stop (Toyotetsu Bus Taguchi Shinshiro Line (Shinshiro Municipal Hospital) 21 min.)
[Arrive 15:54] Yatsukaho Bus Stop
↓(Walk approx. 5 min.)
[Arrive 16:00] Roadside Station Mokkulu Shinshiro
Shopping at Roadside Station Mokkulu Shinshiro (Stay for approx. 1 hour)
Roadside Station Mokkulu Shinshiro
[Depart 17:10] Roadside Station Mokkulu Shinshiro
↓(Walk approx. 13 min.)
[Depart 17:29] Mikawa-togo Station
↓(JR Iida Line [Bound for Kamisuwa] 25 min.)
[Arrive 17:54] Yuya Onsen Station
Stay overnight at Yuya Onsen
※Time schedule on weekdays and Saturdays (Since the schedule on Sundays, public holidays and Dec. 29-Jan. 3 varies, the model route above cannot be used.)
Explore the area around Yuya Onsen, eat gohei-mochi at Inaka Chaya Matsuya, etc. Return via the JR Iida Line.
Explore the area around Yuya Onsen