Miyoshino Shrine 三芳野神社 Hatsukari Park, Kawagoe

Miyoshino Shrine, Kawagoe 三芳野神社、川越-

日本語

Miyoshino Shrine

The Miyoshino shrine features in a famed traditional song (Warabe uta) that is known by Japanese people all over Japan. The song name is “Tooryanse”. As such, the shrine is much beloved by many, particularly the proud locals. A monument was erected to mark the significance of the shrine in the anthem Tooryanse.

Shinto shrines are plentiful in Japan, almost every village, town or city has one. There are usually amenities available at popular and / or large shrines, including toilets, baby feeding rooms, vending machines and eateries. However, even the smaller shrines usually come with at least one piece of playground equipment. The playground at Miyoshino Shrine is one of the better ones.

Miyoshino Shrine Kawagoe 川越三芳野神社 遊び場と桜 Playground and cherry blossoms

Hatsukari Park 2020

This year, 2020, they are building a lovely park beside Miyoshino Shrine, called Hatsukari park. Previously the land was a baseball pitch, but that was torn down and they are currently creating an aesthetic leisure space. The park is across the (large 254 route) road from the free tourist parking lot for the Kawagoe tourist area. And as such it is bound to be frequently used.

Miyoshino Shrine Kawagoe
Miyoshino Shrine

The surroundings are always pleasant and the grounds are well maintained. The atmosphere is serene and majestic as you enter by a torii onto a stone pavement. The area is surrounded by trees, some of which are yorishiro (place inhabited by a kami‘s spirit). There are purification fonts to cleanse your hands, the komainu (lion-dogs) guard the inner shrine, wooden plaques hang with visitor’s prayers and wishes, there is usually at least one minature shrine often with a fox, the diety of rice supposedly.

Miyoshino Shrine Playground

Miyoshino Shrine in Kawagoe is one of my favourite shrines to bring toddlers. The playground there is relatively new and the equipment is really suited to children under four. Young kids love the equipment in the shape of a train with climbing and slides. For older children they have a climbing frame, a flying fox, a spring see saw and there is the hill beside the playground that kids love to climb.  There are also swings and a sand pit for children of all ages. The sand pit is enclosed which keeps out the cats and the kids in!

Hanami with kids in Kawagoe

During sakura season this park is ideal for hanami with small children. There are only a few sakura trees, but they are mature and really beautiful in full bloom. It is a popular spot to enjoy a picnic under the cherry blossoms for locals, so do arrive early to secure a spot under a tree. There is plenty of other space on the grounds if you don’t manage to get one of the prime locations. 🙂

Miyoshino Shrine Kawagoe Information

Miyoshino shrine has toilets, vending machines, a small shop, a pay phone and a yaki-soba counter. There is also a rent-a-bike station nearby. It is right next to the popular tourist attraction Kawagoe Honmaru Goten, the only surviving building of Kawagoe castle.

Access

Address: 2 Chome−25, Kuruwamachi, Kawagoe City, 350-0053

By car it is located off route 254. There is free parking (very busy on weekends).

Kawagoe Tourist bus passing Honmaru Goten

The tourist buses go nearby. Get off at the stop for Honmaru Goten.

Another really good playground nearby – Adventure Forest Kawagoe.

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0 comments on “Miyoshino Shrine 三芳野神社 Hatsukari Park, Kawagoe

  1. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist

    Nice tip! A lot of religious buildings the world over cater to children like this, and yet it’s not something I associate with shrines (or churches, or mosques, etc etc) .

    I can’t really explain that. Even the church where we took Sunday school as a child had a playground. Anyway. Knowing this makes me more willing to visit shrines with the kids.

    Reply
    1. Elle Post author

      Really glad to hear that Bronwyn and I hope the ones you do visit have some play areas. I passed one last night with none and instantly went “uh oh!”, but I think that is the exception.

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    1. Elle Post author

      Absolutely. Feel free to take any photos you like 🙂 Unfortunately, they are all embarrassingly amateur as I snap on the go, but still, feeling chuffed you asked!

      Reply

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