Takeyama Zuigo Inari Shrine
Tucked-away behind residential buildings, the Takeyama Zuigo Inari Shrine is, in itself, not going to capture anyone’s attention for long. But for visitors passing by, enroute to the Yamadera Jyosan Residence and especially the Zozan Imperial Wartime Tunnels, passing through the torii gates and climbing up to the shrine affords a view over Matsushiro and appreciate of the extent of the tunnels underneath the town.
Said to stretch all the way to the mountains that border the town, the tunnels were an intensive feat of engineering that cost the lives of many. While the shrine itself is unremarkable, it is a suitable place to reflect on what occurred in Matsushiro and further appreciation of the tremendous effort and sacrifice of so many.
Accessible all times of day
Approximately a 50 to 70-minute drive from the Jigokudani Monkey Park
From Nagano Station, take the Alpico Bus bound for Matsushiro from Bus Stop No.3 - outside the station's Zenkoji Exit - and disembark at the Matsushiro Station Bus Stop - it takes between 30 to 35 minutes. Once in Matsushiro, the shrine can be reached on foot in around 15 to 20 minutes from the bus stop. It will be easiest to first go by the Tourist Information Center to collect a map or rent a bicycle. From the bus stop tourist Information can be reached in around 5 minutes by taking either road to your left and then turning right when you reach the next road. Walk straight along that road until you see Tourist Information on your left, next to the Sanada Treasures Museum