Isoyama Benzaiten Shrine, Izuruhara Benten Pond (Isoyama Park) 磯山弁財天・出流原弁天池(磯山公園) 

Izuruhara Benten Pond, the source of the Izuru River, is designated a Prefectural Natural Treasure and was selected as one of the nation’s clearest water sources by the Ministry of Environment. Take a look down into the transparent water and you will find Koi fish with sparkling scales swimming gracefully over swaying water plants. Samples of the pristine water are available to take home from the neighbouring Ichinokan hotel.

Be sure to take a close look at the main building of Isoyama Benzaiten Shrine. Reconstructed in the Kamakura period (1185-1333), this cultural property is constructed without nails and displays the beauty of traditional Japanese architectural methods.

Isoyama Benzaiten (nicknamed Fuzai) is a goddess of music, arts and knowledge and is one of seven lucky Sano gods built here in 948. The Benzaiten Shrine was moved here at the request of “Suisha-ko”, a group of devout local worshippers.

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Basic Information

Address 1117 Izuruhara-cho Sano-shi
Telephone Number 0283-25-0228 (Sano-shi Izuruhara Benzaiten Tourism Association)
Website http://www.sano-kankokk.jp/
Price Free
DirectionsA 35-minute bus ride from Sano station on the JR Ryomo line or Tobu Sano line to the “Akami Onsen” stop.