About two hours on the expressway from Tokyo, not far from Harunayama and Haruna Shrine in Gunma Prefecture, I experienced nature and the gods.
The first is from the popular tourist spot “Harunayama".
I tried to visit on a sunny day.
Introduction of Haruna and Haruna Fuji
Haruna-san is one of the three Mt.Jomo, and has been popular since ancient times for its mountain religion.
The height of Mt. Haruna is 1449m, and there are Lake Haruna, a caldera lake, and the Haruna Fuji lava dome (1390m above sea level), which is the central crater hill.
This is called Lake Haruna and Fuji Haruna, but it is thought that there were large eruptions around 495 AD and 525 AD in recent years.
In particular, at the Kanai Higashiura Site in Shibukawa City, a human skull and a baby skull of an adult man wearing armor, apparently involved in a pyroclastic flow in the 6th century, have been excavated. We know that there was human injury.
Fuji Haruna Sightseeing
Lake Haruna is located at an altitude of 1084m, which is the second highest lake in Japan after Lake Chuzenji (Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture).
If you use the “Harunasan Ropeway“, which is located slightly off the shores of Lake Haruna, you can reach the peak of Haruna Fuji in about 3 minutes.
When you get off at Haruna Fuji Sancho Station, the temperature is lower than the lower world, so it is good to have one piece around GW in May and the season of autumn leaves.
Since it is a great deal, I aim for the vicinity of the mountaintop which can be reached in about 5 minutes from the following promenade.
On the way, at the left side of the road, there was Raoichi Nikita, Hoshoku Okami, Haruna Fuji Okami, and Ishicho Hime Daijin Monument.
There is also Haruna Fujisan Shrine on the top of the stairs.
Because it is affected by the wind, it is a sturdy concrete company.
And the Kanto plain seen from Haruna Fuji is also wonderful as shown below.
The prefectural office in Maebashi also looked good.
The Harunasan Ropeway is operated by Mt. Tanigawa Ropeway, which is not so expensive at 840 yen for adults (as of 2017).
However, since the ropeway is located at a high altitude, driving may be suspended on windy days.
In the manga, movie, and TV anime called Initial D, it is Mt. Haruna, which appears under the name of Mt. Akina. However, it is a mountain road with many curves up to the summit, so those who are easy to get drunk must stop sickness.
In the winter, after snow falls, it becomes an ice-pan.
Especially on New Year’s Day, the Harunasan Ropeway is open from the morning and the first sunrise looks beautiful, but winter tires and chains are essential.
Haruna Shrine is a power spot for “lucky luck" at a shrine located where Yamabushi et al.
This Haruna Shrine is about a 10-minute walk from the nearby Yamamon Gate, which is the limit of the car line with restaurants.
Cross the river because there is a red bridge when you pass through the mountain gate.
In addition, on this approach approaching on foot, you will not get bored even if you walk, as “big stones" greet you on both sides of the valley.
There are waterfalls on the way.
The following is the Yatate cedar of Haruna Shrine designated as a national natural monument.
It is said that when Shingen Takeda prayed for the victory, he performed the Yadate Shrine, which shoots an arrow at a tree on the grounds.
I came to the main hall.
I hope you can come and wear “ good luck " as soon as possible, but the Miwaiwa that was the “ factor " that Haruna Shrine was originally erected at this place is standing right above the worship hall The point is to remember to watch.
It’s been a little late in the evening, so it’s hard to see in the picture, but it looks like a small rock on a large rock.
There are many worshipers who return home without seeing the rocks because they do not notice the upper part when looking only at the bottom.
Transportation to the Haruna Shrine
To get to Haruna Shrine, there are free parking lots along the approach (along the slope) that extends straight from the map point shown below.
As for the parking lot, of course, the tip of the slope is closer to Haruna Shrine, so the trick is to go as high as possible and stop the car.
However, during New Year’s holidays such as New Year’s visits, there will be heavy congestion and heavy traffic, so it is safer to follow the instructions of local staff.
Well, speaking of Mt. Haruna, there is a famous hot spring spot called “Ikaho Onsen“.
If you stay, Ikaho Onsen is the most convenient.