Since ancient times, Japanese people have believed in Shintoism, which worships not a person like Buddha or Christ, but nature itself, such as mountains, sea, animals, trees, or rocks, as gods. There are more than 8 million gods in Japan and lots of shrines throughout the country, and you may be surprised to know in what kind of places you can find them!In this article, we would like to introduce six "Shrines in the Sky" around Japan, which are located atop mountains and offer a refreshing and spectacular view. 1. Takaya Shrine（Kagawa Prefecture） mre_photo_collectionさんのInstagram ｜Impressive nighttime panorama! The torii gate in the sky that caused a huge sensation on SNS Takaya Shrine, located on top of Mt. Inazumi in Kanonji City, Kagawa Prefecture, is a shrine listed in the Engi-shiki (Engi-style Shinto name book) of Sanuki Province and has long been a holy place. Its popularity was sparked in 2017. Suddenly, its popularity exploded on SNS, and the torii gate standing at the top of the mountain was dubbed the "torii in the sky" by the mass media. The most beautiful scenery can be seen from dusk to night. The sunset and the night view of the town gradually shining through the torii gate is very romantic. mre_photo_collectionさんのInstagram You can reach Takaya Shrine by foot, taking about 50 minutes to climb from the lower shrine to the main shrine, which is located at an altitude of 407 meters. However, it is quite hard, with steep stairs on the way. If you do not have the stamina and time to spare, we recommend that you come by car, as there is parking near the summit.An impressive view awaits you as you climb the steep slope from the parking lot. 【Address】2800 Takaya, Kanonji City 【WEB site】https://www.kagawa-culture-compass.net/en/spot/016.html 【Access】30 minutes by car from Takamatsu Expressway Sanuki-Toyonaka IC, about 40 minutes by car from Mitoyo-Torisaka IC, 3 minutes on foot from the parking lot 2. Ishizuchi Shrine Chojosha（Ehime Prefecture） ｜"Chojosha Shrine" - climbing the tough path, clinging to the chains, abandoning evil intentions Ishizuchi Shrine is located at the summit of Ishizuchi Mountain, the highest mountain in western Japan at 1,982 meters above sea level. Ishizuchi Shrine is composed of the summit shrine on the top of the mountain, a shrine in the middle of the mountain (7th station), a shrine for the fulfillment of one's duties, and the main shrine. The summit of the mountain is reached by climbing three chains on the steep rock face. Reaching the top of this extremely difficult climb, you will be able to see the spectacular view and feel a sense of accomplishment. If you are not confident about your physical strength, take the ropeway and lift to the halfway up the mountain. About a 20-minute walk from the midpoint, you will find Jojusha Shrine. As the name suggests, Jojusha Shrine offers blessings to make wishes come true, so be sure to pay a visit. Ishizuchi Shrine Chojosha 【Address】797 Nishida Ko, Saijo City, Ehime Prefecture 【WEB site】https://ishizuchijourney.com/en/spot/spot77/ 【Access】15 minutes by car from Saijo and Komatsu IC. 10 minutes by car from JR Saijo Station 3. Hakone Shrine Motogu（Kanagawa Prefecture） ｜1,300 meters above sea level, a power spot above the clouds! Hakone Shrine Motogu on top of Mt. Komagatake was rebuilt in 1964 as the inner shrine of Hakone Shrine. Although the shrine has long been a place of mountain worship, it has recently gained popularity as a shrine building above the clouds and as a power spot for the fulfillment of desire and love. To get to the shrine, leave Hakone-en Station and take the Komagatake ropeway all the way up to the clouds. You can feel the cool and refreshing breeze on the plateau at an altitude of 1,300m where you can see Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji! Also, with a well-maintained promenade, a leisurely stroll with in the clouds is guaranteed. 【Address】80-1 Motohakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa 【WEB site】http://hakonejinja.or.jp/02-contents/02-main/08-keigai-jinja/03-contents/02-motomiya/02-motomiya.html 【Access】Odakyu Odawara Line, Hakone Yumoto Station-Izu Hakone Bus bound for "Hakone-en" and get off at the end point. Hakone-en ～ Komagatake Ropeway ～ Komagatake Sancho Station ～ short walk 4. Oyama Shrine (Minehonsha)（Toyama Prefecture） ｜Cross the lingering snow to the sanctuary in the sky! For those who wish to take on the challenge of serious mountain climbing, we recommend the Oyama Shrine Peak Headquarters, the sacred site of Tateyama mountain worship. Oyama Shrine is located at 3,003 meters above sea level on the summit Mount Tate (Tateyama) in the Northern Alps, about a 2-hour walk from the Murodo Terminal. Although the path is steep and snowy even in summer, from the top you can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of Mt. Fuji, Mt. Mitake, and the Kurobe River. In addition, if you pay a worship fee of 500 yen next to the Torii gate, you can receive grace from the priest. The congratulatory words sung at 3,003m will surely be touching. 【Address】Oyamasancho, Ashikuraji, Tateyama-machi, Nakaniikawa, Toyama, 930-1406 【WEB site】http://www.oyamajinja.org/index.html 【Access】7 minutes by cable car from Tateyama station, get off at Bijodaira station, then about 50 minutes by highland bus, get off at Murodo terminal. About 2 hours on foot from the Murodo terminal 5. Kurumayama Shrine（Nagano Prefecture） ｜Ride the highland winds to the white Torii gate in the sky! Kurumayama Shrine is located at the top of Kurumayama Plateau, 1,923 meters above sea level. The shrine offers a divine view of the Yatsugatake Mountain Range, the Northern, Central, and Southern Alps, Mount Asama, and Utsukushigahara, as well as the white Torii (shrine gate). The small shrine on top of a craggy rock is also a place to pray for good health, family safety, and love! It takes about 15 minutes to reach the top via two lifts, Skyliner and Sky Panorama. This is ideal for those who are not interested in serious mountain climbing. Riding the lifts is a great way to feel the fresh breeze blowing through the plateau and admire the spectacular view below. 【Address】3413 Kitayama, Chino, Nagano 391-0301 【Lift Operating Hours】Skyliner 9:00 - 16:00 （last train down 16:00) Sky Panorama 9:00 - 16:00 （last train down 16:30) 【WEB site】https://kurumayamajinja.jp/ 【Access】From JR Chino Station, take the bus bound for Kurumayama Kogen and get of the bus at "Kurumayama Kogen" (about 60 minutes), then head to the observation lift platform. 6. Gassan Shrine（Yamagata Prefecture） ｜The most powerful spot since ancient times! Alpine flower fields are also a must-see! One of the 100 most famous mountains in Japan, Mt. Gassan in Yamagata Prefecture is 1,984 meters above sea level. It is a rare semi-circular volcano and has been known as a sacred mountain for ascetic practices since ancient times. The start of the climb, Gassan's eighth station, Midagahara, is an open wetland, and around June - July, you can see a field of flowers all over the area. It takes less than 3 hours on foot from the 8th station to the main shrine of Gassan Shrine at the top of the mountain. The main shrine is said to be a sanctuary, and many climbers are seen dressed in white. The mysterious and beautiful scenery that has attracted people since ancient times is a sight to behold. 【Address】7 Haguromachi Touge, Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture 【WEB site】https://www.tsuruokacity.com/attractions/gassan-shrine 【Access】From Tsuruoka Station, take the Shonai Kotsu Bus Haguro / Gassan Line for about 120 minutes, get off at "Gassan 8th Station" (end point), and walk about 3 hours from there to the summit. Here are the six shrines in the sky. Escape the noisy city life and visit a shrine in the sky to feel a fresh breeze blowing through the air. From those who want to do serious mountain climbing to those who want to take the ropeway for a casual climb, this will surely be one of the most wonderful memories you will ever have.