Gifu Shrines and Temples Your Name

Keta Wakamiya Shrine, Miyamizu Shrine (Your Name, Kimi no na wa)

Keta Wakamiya Shrine (Miyamizu Shrine)
Keta Wakamiya Shrine (Miyamizu Shrine)

Anime Scenes Featuring Miyamizu Shrine (Keta Wakamiya Shrine)

Inspiration for Miyamizu Shrine

Miyamizu Shrine is a fictional shrine that appears in the hit anime film “Your Name” (君の名は, Kimi no Na wa) directed by Makoto Shinkai. The shrine belongs to the family of one of the main characters, Mitsuha Miyamizu.

Hie Shrine

It is inspired by the torii gate and stairs of Hie Shrine in Takayama, which is famous for its spring festival.

Keta Wakamiya Shrine

In addition to Hie Shrine, Keta Wakamiya Shrine in Hida, Gifu Prefecture is also said to have inspired Miyamizu Shrine. Keta Wakamiya Shrine, commonly referred to as “Sugimoto-sama,” is a Shinto shrine that was constructed during the Heian period. The shrine is dedicated to Ōkuninushi and Kinomata-no-kami and is also one of the shrines included in the Furukawa festival, which is one of the three main naked festivals in Japan.

The Staircase at Hie Shrine

Another iconic scene featuring Hie Shrine in “Your Name” is when Taki, the male protagonist, visits the shrine while searching for Mitsuha. The staircase leading up to the shrine is shown in this scene, with Taki climbing up the stairs while surrounded by lush greenery.

Role of Miyamizu Shrine in “Your Name”

In the movie, Miyamizu Shrine plays an important role in the story as it is where Mitsuha performs a traditional ritual and where Taki, the other main character, visits to re-establish his spiritual link with Mitsuha.

Visiting the Real-life Inspiration

While Miyamizu Shrine is not a real location, fans of “Your Name” can visit Hie Shrine in Takayama and Keta Wakamiya Shrine in Hida to see the inspiration behind it. At Keta Wakamiya Shrine, visitors can see the Heiden and enjoy a nice view of the town from the start of the stairs to the shrine.

Overview of Miyamizu Shrine (Keta Wakamiya Shrine)

Keta Wakamiya Shrine

Keta Wakamiya Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in the city of Hida, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It is commonly referred to as “Sugimoto-sama” and was constructed during the Heian period. The shrine is dedicated to Ōkuninushi and Kinomata-no-kami and is also one of the shrines included in the Furukawa festival, which is one of the three main naked festivals in Japan.

Visiting Keta Wakamiya Shrine

Keta Wakamiya Shrine is located about 1.1 km to the northeast of the Hida-Furukawa station and is a slight uphill walk by road and stairs. Visitors can see the Heiden and enjoy a nice view of the town from the start of the stairs to the shrine. The shrine is also surrounded by trees and several torii which present good photography opportunities.

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How to get to Miyamizu Shrine (Keta Wakamiya Shrine)

From Tokyo

To get to Keta Wakamiya Shrine from Tokyo, you can take the Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo Station to Nagoya Station, then transfer to the Limited Express Hida train bound for Takayama. From Takayama, you can take a local train to Hida-Furukawa Station. Keta Wakamiya Shrine is located about 1.1 km to the northeast of the Hida-Furukawa station and is a slight uphill walk by road and stairs.

From Osaka

To get to Keta Wakamiya Shrine from Osaka, you can take the Shinkansen (bullet train) from Shin-Osaka Station to Nagoya Station, then transfer to the Limited Express Hida train bound for Takayama. From Takayama, you can take a local train to Hida-Furukawa Station. Keta Wakamiya Shrine is located about 1.1 km to the northeast of the Hida-Furukawa station and is a slight uphill walk by road and stairs.

From Nagoya

To get to Keta Wakamiya Shrine from Nagoya, you can take the Limited Express Hida train bound for Takayama from Nagoya Station. From Takayama, you can take a local train to Hida-Furukawa Station. Keta Wakamiya Shrine is located about 1.1 km to the northeast of the Hida-Furukawa station and is a slight uphill walk by road and stairs.

From Gifu

To get to Keta Wakamiya Shrine from Gifu, you can take the JR Tokaido Line bound for Nagoya from Gifu Station, then transfer at Nagoya Station to the Limited Express Hida train bound for Takayama. From Takayama, you can take a local train to Hida-Furukawa Station. Keta Wakamiya Shrine is located about 1.1 km to the northeast of the Hida-Furukawa station and is a slight uphill walk by road and stairs.

From Takayama

To get to Keta Wakamiya Shrine from Takayama, you can take a local train from Takayama Station to Hida-Furukawa Station. Keta Wakamiya Shrine is located about 1.1 km to the northeast of the Hida-Furukawa station and is a slight uphill walk by road and stairs.

By Train

The nearest train station to Keta Wakamiya Shrine is Hida-Furukawa Station. You can reach Hida-Furukawa Station by taking a local train from Takayama.

By Car

If you are traveling by car, you can drive to Keta Wakamiya Shrine from Takayama in about 15 minutes.

What to see and do at Miyamizu Shrine (Keta Wakamiya Shrine)

Furukawa Festival

Keta Wakamiya Shrine is one of the shrines involved in the legendary Furukawa Festival, which is one of the three main “naked festivals” in Japan and has been inscribed since 2016 on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List as one of the 33 “Yama, Hoko, Yatai, Float Festivals in Japan”. If you visit during the festival, you can witness this unique cultural event.

Photography Opportunities

Keta Wakamiya Shrine is surrounded by trees and several torii which present good photography opportunities. Visitors can also enjoy a nice view of the town from the start of the stairs to the shrine.

Heiden

At Keta Wakamiya Shrine, visitors can see the Heiden, a hall for offerings to the gods.

Tranquility

Keta Wakamiya Shrine is a peaceful oasis of calm and well worth visiting when you find yourself in Hida City. It’s a quiet temple on a hill where visitors can take a break from their busy schedules and enjoy some tranquility.

Conclusion

Visiting Miyamizu Shrine (Keta Wakamiya Shrine) and Hida-Furukawa Station is a must for fans of the hit anime film “Your Name” (君の名は, Kimi no Na wa) directed by Makoto Shinkai. The shrine, located in the city of Hida, Gifu Prefecture, is said to have inspired the fictional Miyamizu Shrine in the movie. Visitors can see the Heiden, enjoy a nice view of the town from the start of the stairs to the shrine, and take advantage of the good photography opportunities presented by the trees and several torii surrounding the shrine. If you visit during the Furukawa festival, you can also witness this unique cultural event. Hida-Furukawa Station also appears in the movie as one of the locations visited by the main characters. Overall, Keta Wakamiya Shrine and Hida-Furukawa Station are both worth visiting when you find yourself in Hida City.

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