All you need to know about Mitsumine Shrine!

Mitsumine Shrine is located in Mitsumine, Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture. Formerly a prefectural shrine, it is now an annexed shrine of the Jinja Honcho. Together with Chichibu Shrine and Hodosan Shrine, it is one of the three Chichibu shrines. There is an unusual three torii gates in front of the hall of worship. The guardian deity of the shrine is a wolf, and instead of guardian dogs, statues of wolves are placed in various parts of the shrine.

I am planning a trip to Chichibu area.
I would like to go to Mimimine Shrine.
I want to know how to get to Mitsumine Shrine.

If you are one of these people, this article is perfect for you!

Mitsumine Shrine is located in a secluded area of Chichibu.

Mitsumine Shrine is located in Chichibu! However, it is located very far from Seibu-Chichibu Station, the gateway to Chichibu.
It is an unexplored region, more than 30 kilometers away.

The entrance to Mitsumine Shrine is dominated by a combination of three soaring torii gates, with a wolf perched in front of the gates.

At an altitude of 1,100 meters above sea level, give thanks and make your daily requests.

Mitsumine Shrine is climate-controlled.

I went in late Sep, and it was quite cold at Mitsumine Shrine due to its high altitude.
I naively thought it would be about the same as in Tokyo, but it was very cold…lol.

It was about 19 degrees Celsius in Tokyo, but the temperature around Mitsumine Shrine on that day was 9 degrees Celsius.
So I recommend you bring a jacket!

Red Seal of Mitsumine Shrine

The shrine office of Mitsumine Shrine is located on the left side facing the main shrine building.
You can get a red seal drawn on a piece of paper with a corona measure, so you do not need a red seal book.

The initial fee is 500 yen, and you can get a red seal without waiting because it is already drawn on the paper.

As is typical of Mitsumine Shrine, the characters for “ascent to worship” are drawn on the red seal.
The red seal also has a wolf on it!

Access to Mitsumine Shrine

Mitsumine Shrine is finally accessible after a bus ride of over an hour from Seibu-Chichibu Station.

In addition, the bus only leaves once an hour, and there is a long wait to transfer from the train to the bus, so accessibility is not excellent.

To be frank, it is faster to take the Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka than to go from Ikebukuro to Sannomine Shrine.

If you go to Sambu Shrine from Tokyo, you will almost certainly have to go through Seibu-Chichibu Station.

There are two main ways to get to Mitsumine Shrine from Seibu-Chichibu.

(1) Take a connecting bus from Seibu-Chichibu Station to Sambine Shrine.
(2) Take Chichibu Railway to Mitsunineguchi and take a bus from there.

If I had to say which one I would recommend, I would say the former.
The latter is recommended for those who want to take the Chichibu Railway and explore Mitsumineguchi Station a bit.

Rates and times will be like this.

(1) Take the connecting bus from Seibu-Chichibu Station to Mitsumine Shrine.
The fare is 950 yen. The trip takes about 75 minutes.

(2) Take the Chichibu Railway to Mitsumine exit and take a bus from there.

The fare is 450 yen from Ohanabatake Station to Mitsumine Station and 690 yen from Mitsumine exit Station to Mitsumine Shrine, for a total of 1140 yen.
The trip takes about 90 minutes.
The time may be faster or slower depending on the waiting time for the bus or train at Mitsumine exit Station.

Buses from Seibu-Chichibu to Mitsumine Shrine leave from platform 5, so please wait there.

Mitsumine Shrine

https://www.mitsuminejinja.or.jp/


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