In January 2021, we introduced the Boy Scout's Anniversary at Kyo-chishin.
This is a universal anniversary, and this time we will introduce Japan's unique Boy Scout Day.
April 13 is the day the Boy Scouts of Japan was established.
It started on this day in 1922 as "Shonendan Nihon Renmei".
In Kyoto, the Boy Scouts are active and famous shrines and temples have become the headquarters of the Boy Scouts.
One of them is Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine in Yawata City.
In 2016, 10 buildings of the main shrine including the main shrine of Hachiman-dukuri and 3 tsuketari munafuda were designated as national treasures.
It is counted as one of the three great Hachiman-gu shrines in Japan, and the main shrine is located in Otokoyama.
To get to the main shrine, it is common to walk on Omotesando from Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Station on the Keihan Electric Railway.
It takes about 20 minutes to climb the stone steps of Omotesando passing through Ichinotorii, Tonguden, Ninotorii and Sannotorii.
The greenery is deep and very pleasant in this season, so please visit the shrine with enough time and energy.
There are many highlights in the precincts, and a Boy Scouts statue stands in Shinen Square.
He is said to be saluting towards the water tower "Yuhoto" in the center of Shinen Hiroba.
There is no name or description of the statue, so if you don't know it, you might think, "Who?".
It is made by a Boy Scouts group based in Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine, and it has a strong connection.
Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine
30 Yawata Takabo, Yawata-city, Kyoto
20 minutes walk from Keihan Iwashimizu Hachimangu Station via Omotesando.
Here is for Boy Scouts in Kyoto and the "そなえよ つねに (Be Prepared)" stone monument