Duration: 3-5 hours
A walking course through Kurokawago, an area that leads to Kaida Kogen highland from Kiso-machi area. You will find many stone monuments on the way, which is well known for its number of Dousojin monuments within the Kiso area.
Especially you can see many So-tai Dosojins (two stone figures), and the oldest one dates back to 1802. The warm feel of the the Dosojin will soothe your heart together with the scenery of the countryside and the beautiful flowers.
There are many places to see in this area: Karasawa waterfall, Nihongi-no-yu (hot spring), and grave of Abe no Seimei.
Dosojin is a general name of a shinto god that was placed at the borders to protect travelers and villages from epidemics and evil spirits.
So-tai Dosojin is a dosojin normally representing a human couple, shaking hands or putting their arms around each other. (each has a small difference in its face and pose)
They are believed to be a god of relationship, birth and proceation, and marital harmony.
Karasawa Waterfall has 60m of vertical drop.
Pass Nihongi-no-yu hot spring and you will find the waterfall before the Jizo-toge pass.
Abe no Seimei was an onmyōji (leading specialist of onmyōdō) who served for Sugawara no Michinaga (chief advisor to the emperor) during the Heian Period.
It is said to be the place of his death at the age of 85. The mystic stone monument can be seen differently depending on the angle.
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