Mt. Tsukuba power spot

 筑波山神社:Tsukubasan-jinja Shrine


Tsukubasan jinja Shrine, known for the blessing of marital harmony and good fortune, regards Mt.Tsukuba as an object of worship.It has 3,000 years of its history and the precinct of the shrine is about 370ha from the worship hall in the middle of the mountain to the summit of the mountain.The summit affords a panoramic view of the whole Kanto area.

 立身石(りっしんせき):Rissin-Seki Rock


This is the place where Rinzo Mamiya, who is well known for discovering the Mamiya Strait, used to pray for the realization of his dearest wish. Also, it is said to be a place where Shinran, a holy priest, saved lots of starving ghosts.



It is said that if you pile up a stone with your wishes on this spot, they will come true. It is recommend to dedicate your wish by writing it on a “Negai-ishi”(a sacred stone) at Mt. Tsukuba-jinja.(An offering of ¥300 is required.)

紫峰杉(しほうすぎ):Shiho Sugi


The huge 800-year-old Japanese cedar tree is one of the many power spots. Minanogawa is the name of the river that flows between Mt. Tsukuba and it flows nearby. And it is a spot where you can relax, heal your soul, and recharge your energy through the river’s murmuring sound and the giant trees’ powerful energy.


セキレイ石:Sekirei-Ishi Rock


It is said that a long time ago a wagtail bird perched on this stone and taught the two deities of ‘Izanagi-no-Mikoto’ and ‘Izanami-no-Mikoto’ how to get along well as husband and wife.

ガマ石:Gama-Ishi Rock


This rock is shaped like a toad and is also called “Oryu-Ishi”. It is said that if you can throw a stone into the toad’s mouth, you will be lucky with money.


大仏岩(だいぶついわ):Daibutsu-Iwa Rock


Buddha Rock





北斗岩(ほくといわ):Hokuto-Iwa Rock


The Big Dipper – the rock stands tall in the sky, like the Big Dipper constellation.

裏面大黒(りめんだいこく):Rimendaikoku Rock


Daikoku-sama is a Buddhist monk famous for his hammered gavel. As the name suggests, this rock can be seen in the rear with a large bag on its back, resembling the Daikoku-sama monk.




出船入船(でふねいりふね):DefuneーIrifune Rock


The alignment of the stones gives an appearance that seems to be lined up with the ship’s departures and arrivals. Through the stone’s power, a prayer wishing for safety on the far and long distant sea journey.



Pass Through Mother’s Womb.

弁慶七戻り(べんけいななもどり):Benkei-Nanamodori Rock


Priest Benkei’s Rock – The rock balances so dangerously, that Benkei, a priest from long ago, tried 7 times before he had the courage to pass to the Pure Land on the other side.




It is said a white snake inhabits here, and a legend says that seeing the white snake would make you rich.



There are many more attractions of Mt.Tsukuba.



Takamagahara is said to be ‘God World’ where lots of heavenly gods including Amaterasu-Omikami dwelled. Inamura Shrine is near here, which worships Amaterasu-Omikami (goddess of the sun and ancestor deity of the emperor).  This place is popular for answering praying for land stability, better fortune, luck in the game, and bringing happiness.

陰陽石(いんようせき):Yin Yang Stone


Yin implies negative things including the earth, female, the moon, night, stillness and the dark.  Yang indicates positive things including the heaven, male, the sun, day, movement and light.  The two opposite-meaning rocks seem to stand up close together.



国割り石(くにわりいし):Kuniwari Stone (land partition stone)


Ages ago, the deities got together here and applied lines on this stone to decide what part of land each of them would rule.


屏風岩(びょうぶいわ):Byobu-Iwa (sheer cliff)


Since this cliff looks as if a huge folding screen were standing straight, this place is called Byuobu-Iwa.  Azatoko Shrine, a branch shrine of Tsukubasan Shrine, is near here and it is dedicated to Susano-no-Mikoto (the founder deity of the shrine). This place is popular for answering praying for protection from water-caused disasters, fire-caused disasters and various kind of diseases.  Also, this deity is popular for prayers for good harvest, progress in studies and tying the knot.

天浮橋(あめのうきはし):Ame-no-Ukihashi (the floating bridge of heaven)


One day during the time immemorial, the two pillar deities called ‘Izanaki’ and ‘Izanami’ stood on Ame-no-Ukihashi, and unloaded a jeweled spear called Ama-no-nuboko and stirred the primeval ocean with it.  When they pulled up the spear, drops of salty water dripping down from it into the sea began to create an island called Onokorojima, which finally turned into Mt. Tsukuba.  That’s why the mountain has been regarded as a place of heaven and earth creation.