Naganoken Gokoku Shrine

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Mar 3, 2017

Naganoken Gokoku Shrine is one of Matsumoto’s lesser known attractions, compared to the iconic Matsumoto Castle, but I think it’s still an important attraction. Built in 1938, the shrine has since been dedicated to war victims from the Meiji Restoration to the Pacific War.

Standing alone in the quiet woods, the shrine projects a solemn yet calm mood. Outside the woods, the surrounding area is a school district with several educational institutes such as Shinshu University, high school, and junior high school. There’s also a general gymnasium and a cultural hall in the vicinity.

Back to Naganoken Gokoku Shrine… there is a wedding hall in the shrine. So if you are lucky, you may catch a traditional Shinto wedding ceremony in progress on weekends or public holidays. The Bunkin Takashimada bridal costume and hair-style are not just a rare sight for foreigners, but is a showcase of exquisite beauty and detail typical of Japanese fashion.

長野縣護國神社は、外国人観光客にも人気の松本城で名高い松本市にある神社です。
明治維新から太平洋戦争までの戦没者を祀る神社として、1938年に創建されました。
壮大で静寂な杜に佇む神社は、厳粛さと趣があり、訪れた人々を魅了し続けています。

まわりは信州大学や高校・中学などの文教地区で、近くには総合体育館・文化ホールなどがある環境の良い場所です。
結婚式場も併設されているので、土日・祝日に訪れれば神前結婚式の花嫁行列を目にすることもできるでしょう。
文金高島田の花嫁衣装は外国人観光客にとっては珍しいだけでなく、その美しさも印象深い日本の思い出になるはずです。
ぜひ、足を運んでみてください。

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