Zenigata sand painting Sightseeing
“Zenigata sand painting" is a tourist attraction in Kagawa prefecture.
It is a huge sand painting, not a Nasca line drawing, located in Ariakehama in Kanonji, Kagawa Prefecture.
Zenigata sand painting
The pattern imitates Kanei Treasure, so it is named “Zenigata Sunae".
It is “Kanei Tsuho" which became the title back of TV historical drama program “Zenigata Heiji".
Every year, spring (April) and autumn (October) twice a year, it is called "Zenigata makeup repair", and it seems to be repaired, but it is said that the pattern may be cured temporarily even when a strong wind such as a typhoon blows …
It seems to be very difficult to care for, but it is said that we are carrying out “sand-raising" in a voluntary voluntary activity, so we want to show our hardship and respect.
It is drawn so that it looks like a perfect circle when viewed from the observatory at the summit of Kotomun Park.
Therefore, the size is an ellipse of 122m in height, 90m in width and 345m in circumference.
Do not enter the sand painting.
Therefore, when you visit, you will go to the observatory at the summit of Kotan Park, instead of going to the spot of sand paintings.
Many people feel a mysterious power with a quality (quality) that does not seem to be sand.
When did you find a coin-shaped sand painting?
It is such a zenigata sand painting, but did it start after the war, like a sprawling “rice field art", and became a centerpiece of local sightseeing? I thought in the Kanto area, but I was surprised to find out.
Apparently, in the Edo period, there was already a coin-shaped pattern here?
It seems that there have been various theories since when, but the oldest theory is from the early Edo period, 1633.
The locals heard that the lord of the Marugame lord, Takatoshi Ikoma, patrols the territory, and told him that he completed a night with a hoe in white sand with a sense of welcome.
However, there seems to be some who disagree with this theory because the pattern, Kanei Tsuho, began casting in 1636 and there is no historical material that Takatoshi Ikoma has visited.
Did I change Kanesu Tsuho at first, with a different pattern? There is also a theory that, in 1855, the end of the Tokugawa period, the lord of the Marugame lord, Akira Toru Kyogoku, came to see it.
In addition, there was even a theory that the official of the Edo Shogunate came, which had originally been the family crest of the Toyotomi family , and there was even a theory that he made a sand pattern, and how a large sand painting was made here I don’t seem to know how well it is, but it can be called a “historic site".
It is a mysterious sand picture like this, but it is lit up at 22:00 at night.
During the Pacific War, the U.S. military discovered this coin-shaped sand painting and scouted it many times for any military secrets, but it was apparently unknown until the end of the war.
There is a tradition that “he who sees a monument is healthy and long-lived and does not have trouble with money."
People who bought lottery tickets after seeing the monument are also fortune-winning spots, saying that they won a lot, so you have to go when you pass nearby?
However, since it is sand, depending on the angle of sunlight, the pattern may not be clearly visible.
The most clearly visible is around 14:00.
Nearby are the Coin Museum of the World, a collection of rare coins, and Kotan Hachimangu Shrine.
Kotohiki Hachimangu Shrine
As a bonus, I’m sorry to God, but there is “Kotohiki Hachimangu" beside the observatory in the sand picture of Zenigata.
The religion from the samurai was also strong, and before the role of the previous nine years, Yoriyoshi Minamoto paid for the application, and the child’s Genjiya built a shrine and dedicated Kamima.
After the Yashima battle, Yoshitsune Minamoto prayed to pursue the Heike and dedicated a horse and a torii gate .
The stairs are difficult when walking up from the foot, but from the observation deck, the stairs are a little and very close.
If you have time, please come with a set.
Transportation to the Zenigata sand painting
It is 12 minutes (about 6km) by car from Takamatsu Expressway Onohara IC and 15 minutes (about 8km) by car from Sanuki Toyonaka IC.
There is a road to the summit observatory, you can climb directly by car, and there is free parking and toilets.
However, large buses and medium sized buses are not allowed because there is a small tunnel along the narrow road.
In the case of a bus, park in the free car park at the foot of the park and climb from the promenade to the observatory, a 15-minute walk.
It is about 2km from JR Kannonji Station and about 5 minutes by taxi.
It is about 25 minutes on foot.
The sunset is beautiful in the evening, but in May 2013, the first 600 million yen winner at Lotto 7 came from the Kanonji-shi sales floor, so it doesn’t seem like a coincidence.
Two of the three at this time came out of the Kannonji Chance Center.