皇大神宮 Kotai Shrine
外宮 one small sign misled us went to a native entry with no car park and stairs, there is another formal entry with car park, big signs and proper entry a bit further up, lots of small shrines inside, mommy ran out of money right after
内宮 free parking is quite far from the shrine, parking next to it cost 500 yen, 300m to walk up with flat stairs, big inside, lots of small ones, mommy saw snake near one of the little garden like area, shrine looks better>
天岩戸神社 can walk from Naiku straight, pass the pyramid mountain, and very steady downwards, we went to pick up the car and arrived to Amanoiwato Shrine and realised it was hard to turn around except through the Y of mountain road up, went upwards to the pyramid, really steady and tiring, but worth to go. Got view of the pyramid again from the way to Kono Shrine on route 9, Aminoiwato Shrine has god for giving birth as well, and a little shrine on half way of the rock that darling climb up to deposit the coin, I washed my stone with the cool water. Nice pond and water.
籠神社 Kono Shrine, get inside done by nice man, a few small ones and water music. Feel like newly innovated and my stone like this place most.
真名井神社 Manai Shrine, next to Kono shrine, got direction from Kono shrine staff too. Small parking in front. Very quiet, got water from entry, another 安産神社, a small one on the right hand of the main one.
My first tochi mochi from a 道の駅, but very hard
白山比咩神社 しらやまひめじんじゃ, Shirayama Hime Shrine, quite big, and we can do the xxx ourself outside the main gate, on the right hand side, with instruction.
Right inside on the left, there was my name stone, by 芭蕉-国の華 🙂 inside is really busy actually, and there was grass door for us to walk around to get in again.
Outside the shrine we had got 栃餅Tochi mochi,( very soft compare with yesterday’s from 道の駅, 笹すしsasa sushi, and other food.
Passed 永平寺 on the way but didn’t get in since there was no free parking, very busy and need to walk quite a lot, and it looks like tourist place already. But got souvenir from 越前和紙 shop and had ごま豆腐ソフトアイス very nice and strong black sesame flavor and taste, except it was too sweet, and got sesame tofu too, flavor was not bad.
賀茂神社 on the way of driving. Quiet and have big car park on the side, have twelves animal shrines there, and main entry for the main shrine has a wheel for wish, roll for one round and make a wish. Allow to get inside and there was a very old dram. Another 加茂神社 near by but we didn’t visit since there wasn’t enough time.
Revisit 永平寺’s 越前和紙 shop, got lots of souvenirs.
白山平泉寺神社, Hakusan heseiji shrine, very spacious inside, many small gods there too but not as many as before. 三ノ宮神社 was more inside, 5-10min walk, it was for safe birth as well. Made a wish for friend in Korea. We also saw many interesting small native animals and insects, never saw before like dried leaf color frog :).
Had lunch at the newly opened restaurant 街の駅, soba, udon milk, mochi, wine, all very impressive, and we got sechihan for their opening. They also sell freshly picked vegetables. One of まちこさん’s acquaintance 松本さん was there opening store and volunteer for social work, her son is running a small ice cream shop behind the store. Darling got walnuts there.
若宮神社 Wakamiya shrine, was located somewhere further inside the area, we couldn’t get there without 松本さん’s direction. And probably outside people are either don’t know or not allowed to get in. There is a four hundreds years old tree next to the shrine, is the only one survived from a big fire many years ago.
Last stop is the 白山長滝神社 Hakusan Nagataki Shrine, on the way to 飛騨高山 already, just off the street a little bit drive off the highway and free parking outside. This is near the waterfall where 北斎 did his paint too, but too far/tired to walk there (around 15min walk). Quiet place again, there was. Very small bridge, but that was the original bridge that people used to pass through. It’s kind of a mix of shrine and temple, some of the small shrines didn’t have a place for small money. There was water place too, but it taste a bit weird darling said.
白鳥道の駅 is small but lots of fresh vegetable, but garlic was not flavored though smell is strong, and green tea soba only contains 10% soba.
Then we went back home through 東海道路.