Kansa-gu Shrine (Ukigi-jinja Shrine) is a shrine near Lake Tazawa in Senboku-shi, Akita Prefecture. It is a shinto shrine built of plain wood that juts out over Lake Tazawa, just across a short bridge built on the shore. There are also cherry trees before the bridge that bloom in the spring. This shrine was named Kansa-gu by the haiku poet and classics scholar Masudo Soushuu through the Akita Hanshi(samurai) in the 6th year of the Meiji Period (1769). However, this shrine is said to be dedicated to a large tree that drifted to this spot (this large tree is driftwood that protrudes 2m out of the water, disappearing diagonally to the lake bottom), and for this reason is called Ukigi-jinja Shrine (or Driftwood Shrine). It is famous for its matchmaking god, and charms and fortunes are sold there. And nearby are souvenir shops and a parking lot. Next to the shrine in Lake Tazawa is a golden statue of Tatsuko , which you can walk to and stop at.
Take the Ugo Bus Tazawa-ko Isshun line from JR "Tazawako Station " for about 30 minutes and get off at Kayajiru bus stop. It is a 1 minute walk from there. Or take a 15 minute taxi ride from "Yatsu Station " on the Akita Nairiku Railway Line.
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Description: Kansa-gu Shrine (Ukigi-jinja Shrine)
|Sights||Kansa-gu Shrine (Ukigi-jinja Shrine) (漢槎宮(浮木神社))|
Nishikicho Saimyoji, Semboku-shi, Akita, 014-0511, Japan
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0187-43-2111|
|Closed dates||7 days open|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Kansa-gu Shrine (Ukigi-jinja Shrine)