Soma Odaka Shrine

Soma Odaka Shrine

This is the shrine of the guardian deity of the Soma Domain, and a ceremony site of the Nomakake ritual which takes place during the exhilarating Soma Nomaoi Festival. Somei Yoshino cherry blossom and weeping cherry trees light up the shrine grounds in spring, making Soma Odaka Shrine a popular cherry blossom viewing spot.

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttp://odaka-kanko.jp/c-kankou/ (Japanese)
Contact

Minamisoma City Education Committee Cultural Asset Division Cultural Asset Affairs

(+81) 244-24-5284

Best SeasonAll Year
ParkingAvailable
Entrance FeeFree
Access Details
AccessOdaka Furushiro 13, Odaka-ku, Minamisoma City, Fukushima Pref. 979-2102
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Getting there

By Car: 15 min from the Namie I.C. exit off the Joban Expressway

By Train: 5 min by taxi from Odaka Station (JR Joban Line)

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