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San'no Shrine

San'no ShrineSan'no Shrine is a Shinto shrine located about 2 km north of JR Nagasaki station.

It was founded in 1638 by Nobutsuna Matsudaira (1596-1662).
A civil war was occured in Shimabara in the year, so he came Nagasaki as the general of government forces to suppress the war.
When he passed this area, he found thet the scenery was similar to Mount Hiei.
So he encouraged the local governor in Nagasaki to built a branch shrine of Hiyoshi-Taisha shrine (San'no Gongen as the nickname) in Mount Hiei.
Then this shrine was founded.

But the second A-bomb was dropped and exploded over the point about 0.8 km northwest of this shrine, on August 9th, 1945.
The unimaginable heat blast destroyed this shrine in a moment.

Miraculously, the first and the second Torii gates of four ones in the shrine remained.
The first Torii was destoyed by vehicle accident in 1962, and was removal.
Now, the second Torii was destroyed half by the blast of A-bomb. It has stood on its only pillar.
The people in Nagasaki call this gate "One-legged Torii".
And the remains of the destroyed half are displayed near this Torii.

Near the approach to the main shrine, there are two great camphor trees. It is said that they are 500-600 years old.
That means these trees were exposed to the A-bomb.
Over the one-third part of the trees were blown and the remaining parts had been burned black.
But after two years, their unbelievable life force created the new leaf buds.
Nagasaki citizens hugged these trees, and shared the enjoyment of life.
They are designated as national natural treasures.

How to get to here

By streetcar

By street car with route No. 1 or 3, get off at Daigaku-byoin-mae stop.
Then about 5 minutes walk.

One-legged Torii Destroyed parts of the Torii
Bombed camphor trees
Damaged trunk Main shrine

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