Ōyama Shrine, Fuse

Ōyama Shrine in the Fuse area is an ancient form of shrine that has no shrine building. Instead, a giant Japanese cedar tree (Cryptomeria japonica) is where the deity resides. You can see the shrine entrance, called a torii gate, standing in front of the tree. During the Fuse Mountain Festival that occurs here biannually on the first Sunday of April, participants must tie a hardy vine around the tree seven and a half times. It is said to be one of the oldest mountain festivals in Japan.