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Tarobo-gu is a shrine complex on a small mountain, featuring grand views of Yokaichi and a pair of Wedded Rocks. It is 1.1 km from Tarobogu-mae Station on the Ohmi Railway Line. The shrine's real name is Aga Jinja 阿賀神社. [url=http://goo.gl/mapMap of Tarobo-gu. You can drive up halfway up the mountain (called Mitsukuriyama 箕作山) which is 350 meters high. If you don't have a car, climb over 700 steps to reach the shrine's main hall.
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Entrance to the shrine. The shrine has a long history, spanning 1,400 years beginning with Shotoku Taishi who built Kawaraji temple on this mountain and also prayed at Tarobo shrine known for making miracles happen. Map
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Saicho, founder of Tendai Buddhist Sect, also prayed at Tarobo. Up to when Shinto and Buddhism was separated during the Meiji Period, both Shinto and Tendai followers worshipped at Tarobo.
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View from Tarobo. "Tarobo" is the name of the Tengu goblin serving as the guardian of this shrine. The shrine god is known as the "God of Victory," for business prosperity, winning something, beating a disease, or passing an exam.
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You can drive up halfway up the mountain (called Mitsukuriyama 箕作山) which is 350 meters high. If you don't have a car, climb over 700 steps to reach the shrine's main hall.
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Wedded Rock
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Entrance to Wedded Rocks
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This narrow slit separates the Wedded Rocks, wide enough for people to pass through.
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Legend says that the god split the Weded Rocks in two. Legend also says that the rocks will crush any person who has a malicious heart or has told a lie. Most local kids therefore run through here to escape the god's crush.
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Of course, the Wedded Rocks is also good for married couples to maintain a good and happy marriage.
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Wedded Rock
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Wedded Rock sacred rope
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View from Tarobo
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Pit for offering white stones
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White stones (which you can buy) written with your wishes or prayers.
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Walk around this post and another 50 meters away 100 times to eliminate your troubles.
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Thanks to Masahiro Beniya for driving me to this must-visit place.
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Benten in stone
   
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