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Kehi Jingu Shrine is a 20-min. walk from JR Tsuruga Station. I visited on New Year's Day 2016 when it was a warm period with no snow.
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Kehi Shrine's torii gate is one of Japan's three most famous wooden toriis. The other two being Miyajima's Istukishima Shrine in Hiroshima Pref. and Kasuga Shrine in Nara.
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Established in 702 and nicknamed "Kei-san," Kehi Jingu is a major shrine in the Hokuriku Region.
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Built in 1645, the wooden torii is an Important Cultural Property and World War II survivor.
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Kehi Shrine's torii is 11 m high. One of Japan's three most famous wooden toriis. The other two being Miyajima's Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Pref. and Kasuga Shrine in Nara.
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Long line from the torii to the shrine on Jan. 1, 2016.
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Purify your hands and mouth.
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Getting closer to the main shrine.
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Long line.
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Second torii before the main shrine.
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Kehi Shrine
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Kehi Jingu's main shrine. Kehi Jingu is dedicated to a number of gods including Emperor Chuai and Empress Jingu. So the Imperial Crest is all over the place.
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It took about 35 min. to get here for what would normally be a one-min. walk. Five bell ringers for worshippers.
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Inside the main shrine.
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The place to buy lucky charms.
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Brisk business for amulets and omamori.
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Otorii ema from Kehi Jingu.
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Another ema tablet for 2016, the Year of the Monkey
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Year of the Monkey ema from Kehi Jingu.
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Omikuji fortunes
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Omikuji fortunes
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Statue of Basho, haiku poet
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No snow, but a few puddles.
   
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