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Akagami Shrine Goshado

There is a famous local legend on the stone steps leading to Goshado.
About 2,000 years ago, the Han Warlord came to Oga with five bats. The bats disguised themselves as five demons, and the Warlord used the demons as retainers, but gave them a New Year's holiday once a year. The ogres were overjoyed and went down to their villages, rampaging and stealing crops and livestock, and eventually snatching even their daughters. The troubled villagers made a wager that if they could build a thousand stone steps in one night, they would offer one daughter a year, but if they couldn't, they asked them to never come down to their village again. The demons were piling up with all of their souls, one more step to go! It was just about to be completed, and the first chicken clucked, “Cook doodled do". It is said that the ogres gave up and went deep into the mountains as promised. It is said that a villager with a good mimicry imitated the bird's call to prevent the completion of the stone steps, or that an innocent demon, who was always mocked by demons, imitated the call out of spite. It is said that the beginning of "Namahage" was when the villagers, feeling lonely after the demons stopped coming, went around the village imitating the demons once a year on the 15th day of the New Year.
Try walking down the 999 stone steps piled up by demons with a legend in your mind?
The stone steps are said to have been piled up by demons in one night and are uneven and very rough, so it is not recommended to wear high heeled shoes or sandals. Canes are also available in the teahouse near the parking lot.
It is said that the demon who couldn't complete the stone stairs was so enraged that he pulled out a large 1000-year old cedar tree and stood it upside down. It is said to be the one preserved in the shrine office within the precincts of Gosha-do. When you climb the stone steps, you will see the Goja Hall of Akagami Shrine. Enshrined are five namahage, said to be parents and three children. It is said that the Red God of the Red God Shrine refers to the aforementioned Han wu emperor. There are many legends and myths about the red gods and demons in Oga. The "quarrel between the Red God of Oga and the Black God of Tsugaru" is one such quarrel. There are also mysterious spots nearby, such as the "well of the figure" and "Mitarai no Ike", which are said to indicate the life expectancy of those who peeked in. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Last Update: 2021-01-19

Car

Use the Minami Iso road from Funakawa to Toga to Cape Nyudo. After the hairpin curve from Monzen area you will see a parking on the right. It will be 25min climb from that parking lot.

Public Bus

By public transport, get off at Monzen Parking. It will be 25min climb from that parking lot.

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