— places believed to give visitors some special energy, healing or refreshing, spiritual feeling.
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Saturn’s' Chair in Kobe
More than 1,000 visitors line up on weekends for the chance to sit in Saturn’s Chair at Yamate Hachibankan - a popular "Ijinkan" Western-style house in Kobe. Saturn’s' Chair came to fame after a TV show featured a story about a woman, who was down on her luck, but got a job and found a boyfriend after sitting in this chair.
Kurumazaki Shrine in Kyoto
Kurumazaki-jinja -Shrine of the Broken Carriage- was named after an accident that took place. The gods have been thought to improve studiousness, help businesses to prosper and cancel debts. Those who come to pray take a small pebble from the shrine office. On the surface they write their hopes and wishes, and if these things come true they return the stone to the shrine, plus one other in payment and gratitude. This shrine is also well-known for its patron deity of the performing arts. It is therefore visited by many famous stars who come here to offer prayers so that they can give better stage performances or rise in popularity. If you wish to sing or dance better, it might be a good idea to pay a visit to this shrine.
Kibune Shrine in Kyoto
Surrounded by a deep cedar forest and the murmur of a stream, Kibune Shrine is located in the northeast of Kyoto city. As it enshrines a god of water, they have a unique paper fortune telling you can try. When you put the paper fortune sheet in the holly water spring, it will tell you the fortune.Kifune shrine is also famous for relationship god, Iwanagahime-no-mikoto. Write your wish on a piece of paper called “musubihumi” and tie it on shrine’s tie-spot. It is believed that your wish will come true.
Zeniarai Benten in Kamakura
Zeniarai Benten Shrine is a popular shrine in Kamakura. Zeniarai means "coin washing. and people visit to wash their money.It is said that if you wash your money in the water of the shrine, it will double in value. The entire shrine is surrounded by tall cliffs and its entrance was a tunnel in the rocky wall. It can only be accessed thorough the tunnel. Zeniarai Benten is a 20 minute walk west of Kamakura Station in Kamakura.
Omiwa Shrine in Nara
Omiwa Shrine is located in Sakurai ,Nara , and one of the Japan’s oldest and most respected, because it has no sacred images or objects.. This shrine serves Mt.Miwa, the mountain on which it stands, and has been a place of spirituality for some two thousand years. It is said in an old story that a white snake living in the sanctuary is an incarnation of the deity, Miwa Myojin. The shrine is particularly associated with sake, medicines and warding off bad luck. Balls of cedar leaves which are used as a symbol of sake dealers throughout Japan are made of Japanese cedar leaves which are collected from Mt. Miwa at this shrine.