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Kanahebisui Shrine

金蛇水神社 | Kanahebisui Shrine

A shrine said to bring worshippers wealth

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Roger Smith

  • Kanahebisui Shrine offers visitors a chance to flirt with fortune. Its main attraction is the row of jamon stones with snake patterns on them right outside the temple’s main building. People line up to rub each stone, a ritual said to bring wealth, luck, and healing. In Japan, snakes and dragons are associated with wealth and are seen as embodiments of the benevolent water god, hence the name Kanahebisui (lit. “Gold, Snake, Water”). The shrine grounds are also home to a sprawling, 300+ year-old wisteria tree growing by a small pond. The shrine celebrates the blooming of the wisteria with an annual flower festival held mid-May.

    WEBSITEhttp://kanahebi.cdx.jp/

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Details

ADDRESS

Suishin 7, Miiroyoshi, Iwanuma, Miyagi 989-2464

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

10 minutes by taxi from Iwanuma Station (Tohoku Main Line)

ADMISSION

Usually free, but ¥200 during the flower festival

CREDIT CARDS

Not accepted

LANGUAGES

Japanese only

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

No

HOURS

Always open

CLOSED DAYS

None

PHONE

0223-22-2672

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