A road that links the past to the present

長野県/諏訪大社 推薦者 : 藤森照信(建築家)
Suwa Taisha (Suwa Grand Shrine), Nagano Prefecture Recommended by Terunobu Fujimori (architect)




A road that links the past to the present

Chino City is home to the Maemiya of Suwa Grand Shrine, and it is where I was born and raised. The old Suwa Grand Shrine road is a road I have walked along on countless occasions since my childhood. From the front of the Maemiya past the Suwa Taisha Kamisha Honmiya and the Homotsuden (treasure hall) to the Narayaki Shinto Shrine, the walk takes around an hour or so. Midway along the road is the Jinchokan Moriya Historical Museum, which I designed. Even now, when I return to my hometown, I always visit this road.
From around the middle of the Edo Period, stone statues and similar objects began being placed in the vicinity of the road. Along the sides of the road there are a lot of old houses, and objects such as travelers’ guardian deities and stone statues that make you aware of Shinto and Buddhism. It is by no means a well-known road, but to local people it is a place that gives them a sense of faith. The areas around Shinto shrines have a pleasant feel to them. Furthermore, by observing historical Shinto and Buddhist deities it is possible to feel the flow of time, linking the past to the present.



Terunobu Fujimori (architect)

Terunobu Fujimori was born in Nagano Prefecture in 1946. He completed his doctorate at the University of Tokyo Graduate School in 1978 and is a former part-time lecturer at Tohoku University. He is a professor at Kogakuin University, a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and a visiting professor at Tohoku University of Art and Design. His areas of expertise include the history of Japanese modern architecture and natural architectural design. His key architectural works include Jinchokan Moriya Historical Museum, Takasugi-an, Dandelion House and Kumamoto Prefecture Agricultural College Dormitory. He is the author of a large number of books, including “Fujimori Terunobu no tokusen bijutsukan zanmai” (Terunobu Fujimori’s Meditations on Selected Art Museums) (Toto Publishing).


制定年 : 2013

Location: Suwa City, Chino City, Nagano Prefecture
Distance: Approximately 4.3 km
Road Surface: Earth, asphalt
Recommend season: Spring, summer, autumn
Nearby facilities: Jinchokan Moriya Historical Museum
Average temperature: Summer: 29°C / Winter 4°C
Greenery: Abundant

Year : 2013

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Approximately 30 minutes on foot from Chino Station, on the JR East Chuo Main Line


Editor:Moto Takagi, Moe Furuya, Madoka Hattori
Photographer: Tetsuya Tsukamoto
Production: Runner’s Information Research Institute