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Tohoku Sights

Mitsu-Ishi Shrine (Mitsuishi Jinja)

  • Nasukawachō 2–2 Map It
  • Morioka
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 09/20/2013

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Literally "the Shrine of the Three Rocks," here you will find said boulders wrapped with Shinto straw festoons. In case you're wondering why this matters, according to legend a troublesome oni (demon) named Rasetsu was captured around here, and as a promise to begone forever he left his handprint in the stone of Mt. Iwate (there are signs in English poiting the way). Iwa is rock and te is hand in Japanese, and that's how Iwate Prefecture got its name.

It's worth a peek only if you're on your way to nearby Ho-Onji Temple.

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Nasukawachō 2–2, Morioka, Iwate-ken, 020-0016, Japan

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  • Free
  • Daily dawn–dusk

Updated 09/20/2013


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