Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine in Kumamoto that is too Mysterious

Do you know “Kamishikimi kumanoimasu Shrine (上色見熊野座神社)” in Takamori, Aso-gun, Kumamoto Prefecture?
The photo above is the approach to the shrine.
Nearly 100 stone lanterns in the mountains are not exposed to direct sunlight and are covered with moss.
Its fantastic atmosphere has earned a reputation, and is being talked about on SNS as “an entrance to a mysterious different world.”

A spiritual site in Aso, Kumamoto !

In fact, this shrine wasn’t famous throughout the country until recently.
One of the reasons why “Kamishikimi kumanoimasu Shrine” became a hot topic seems to have been the 2011 movie “Hotarubi no Mori e (蛍火の杜へ)”.
The original is a manga by Yuki Midorikawa (緑川ゆき).
Yuki Midorikawa, who is from Kumamoto Prefecture, used “Kamishikimi kumanoimasu Shrine” as a setting of the manga, and travelers visiting the location of scenes in animation came to visit.
It seems that the visitors uploaded their photos to SNS and attracted many people including anime fans.

Recommended sightseeing season

The recommended season is from the rainy season to early summer. Especially during the rainy season, you can enjoy the fantastic sight that can only be seen on rainy days.
During the rainy season, the fog is well formed, so you can enjoy the scenery called the entrance to another world.
In the early summer season, you can enjoy the divine view of the sunlight and the light shining between the trees.

Of course, the scenery is beautiful even if you go from the rainy season to seasons other than early summer.
You can enjoy the precious scenery that can only be seen in each season.


■ Kamishikimi kumanoimasu Shrine (上色見熊野座神社)   
address: 2619 Kamishikimi, Takamori, Aso, Kumamoto   

60 minutes by car from Kumamoto Airport
10 minutes by car from Takamori Station of Minamiaso Railway


Kamishikimi kumanoimasu Shrine (上色見熊野座神社)” is surrounded by a mysterious atmosphere.
If you come to Kumamoto, why not go to the entrance to the mysterious different world?

A must-visit place if you travel around Kumamoto!

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