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“Average shrine in a great location”
Review of Hirou Shrine

Hirou Shrine
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Reviewed 29 June 2017

There was nothing interesting to me about the shrine itself, but the location it occupies and the surrounding attractions is what makes this a place you will probably visit.

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Reviewed 17 June 2017

A small shrine seen along the way to Nachi waterfall viewing platform where religious activities are held. It cost 300-yen to enter the shrine and waterfall viewing platform

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Reviewed 3 October 2016

This is a small shrine, if you just consider the structure itself. But as Shinto is most often about the space and nature in a spot, with the shrine denoting the place, the Hirou Shrine is really the area around it.

Which is stunning.

This is worth a walk and a look, as you'll get to see the falls as well.

Thank hfulghum
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Reviewed 1 July 2016

Directly on center opposite the base of the Nachi Otaki sits the open air shrine.

The shrine is part of nearby Nachi Taisha. We approached the waterfall and Hirou Shrine from above after walking up Daimonzaka, visiting Kumano Nachi Taisha, Seigantoji Temple and its pagoda. Once you descend from the temple and shrine compound above, the entrance to the waterfall and shrine is marked by a massive torii in unpainted wood which blends very nicely with the giant evergreens surrounding it.

The uneven stone stairs down to the waterfall are steep and can be slippery - do take care. As you descend the stairs the shrine at the base of the falls slowly comes into view. It was the falls that resulted in this becoming a pilgrimage site, even before the temple and the shrine. At the center of the viewing area for the falls is Hirou Shrine which perfectly frames the falls. Standing there you can see how this became a site to be revered for its majesty. The incense at the shrine can become overpowering as the mist from the waterfall spreads the smoke in all directions.

The problem with the entire area is the commercial aspect of it. Many shrines throughout the country sell religious paraphernalia: charms, amulets, prayers, fortunes, and the like. But somehow it seemed more money-oriented here. You have to try to ignore the stalls selling these items and the monks asking if you want to pay more to climb up to the viewing platform (not necessary, in our opinion). If you can disregard all this, then the place might have a holy feeling, except for the crowds, some of which are just folks out for a day of fun taking selfies in front of the massive falls.

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Reviewed 22 May 2016

You can enjoy bottom view from this shrine. But it was really very noisy due to shopping shop besides. To have proper and silent view of Nachi fall use paid section. Thats really stunning view. and you can enjoy much better.

Thank Virendra-Yadav_2014
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