A spring in Izumigamori (泉が森の湧水)

There is a spring beside the Izumi shrine in Hitachi City in Ibaraki Prefecture and around the spring is a pond. There is a small shrine which enshrines Benzaiten in the pond.

It is said that the Izumi Shrine was founded in 42 BC and Amano Hayatama hime no mikoto is enshrined there.

It is an old shrine with a long history and it counts among Engishikinaisha. It means that the Izumi shrine is one of the higher-ranked shrines listed under “Engishiki jinmyocho” (Jinja shrines’ list under the Engishiki which was compiled as a book of codes and procedures on national rites and prayers in 927 during the Heian period).

Pure natural water has gushed from the spring, in the center of the pond, blowing up pale sand for more than a thousand years. The scenery is so beautiful and I feel a mystical atmosphere. When I go to sacred places like here, I can feel calm and rediscover myself. Many people visit here in all seasons.

The beautiful forest with green trees around the spring and the sanctuary is called Izumigamori. It was designated a cultural property, historic site of Ibaraki Prefecture in 1969. The spring water was selected as one of the 100 Exquisite and Well-Conserved Waters of the Heisei Period in 2008.