Futagawa Fushimi Inari Shrine
Futagawa Fushimi Inari Shrine is relatively newer Fushimi shrines in Japan founded in 1910. The shrine share the same deity as that of Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. The highlight of this shrine is what they call OYAMA-JUNPAI, minor pilgrimmage visiting sub-shrines at the hill behind the inner shrine. It is sometimes compared with Toyokawa Inari. But the biggest difference between Fushimi Inari and Toyokawa Inari is Toyokawa Inari is a zen Buddhist temple and fox deity is regarded as the guardian of the true teaching of Buddhism. Fushimi Inari on the other hand is regarded as a shinto shrine which has 1300 years of history. Both Fushimi Inari and Toyokawa Inari once had been religious places in which Buddhism temples and Shinto shrines had been enshrined in the same preccinct. After the Meiji Government's degree to sepearate Buddhism and Shintoism about 140 years ago Fushimi chose to be a part of Shintoism while Toyokawa Inari stayed as a Buddhist temple. You can enjoy wide variety of cherry blossom cultivars during late March to early April.
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Futagawa Tochka (WWII Pillbox Site)
In residential area of Oiwa, about ten minutes walk from JR Futagawa station there is a site of a pillbox placed during the Second World War to ward off the enemies coming from Enshunada Coast. Its historical importance as war relics for peace education was recognized only recently and there are no guideboards to inform what it is. In and around Toyohashi there are a number of such World War II relics. There has been growing movements to preserve such sites in Japan. Some war relics in Japan became popular touring spots such as Matsushiro Underground Imperial Headquarters in Nagano.
Note: The entry to the inside of the pillbox is prohibited
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