Rokusho Shrine is just 2 minutes from the south exit of Meitetsu Higashi Okazaki Station (opposite Okazaki Castle). It is said to have been built by Matsudaira Kiyoyasu, the grandfather of Tokugawa Ieyasu, and has been cherished by the Tokugawa ever since. Even today, it is worshipped by people as the god of gentle births.
Passing through the first gate and walking straight up to the shrine, you will find a chozuya [purification fountain] to wash your hands before you visit the shrine, and there is also a statue of a horse with the Tokugawa family crest. There is a steep stone staircase on the left, and beyond that you can see a bright red temple gate.
In the past, only daimyo above a certain scale were allowed to climb these stone steps. Now anyone can climb the stone steps and take a walk around the grounds. The colors and sculptures of the main shrine, which are painted red just like the temple gate, have been restored to their Edo period states and are very beautiful. The main shrine and temple gate are designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan and are highly valuable buildings.
Myodaiji-cho, Mimitori 44 Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture 444-0864
|Directions||Nagoya Railway (Meitetsu)
• Take Meitetsu from Nagoya to Higashi Okazaki Station (30 minutes) • Walk from station upon arrival (approximately 6 minutes)
|Websites||Official Site (JPN)http://www.rokushojinja.com/|