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
View directions
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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Nanohana Flower Fields and Mazes

A massive field of nanohana flowers that first bloomed in Spring 2012, bringing great joy to the community. Since 2013 to today, huge flower fields and mazes are organized for the public to come and enjoy entirely for free. Children can receive prizes for completing the maze and visitors of all ages are encouraged to walk through the maze and have fun.  Takayuki Ueno is a local farmer and creator of the Nanohana Flower Maze, planting the first flowers here in November 2011; eight months after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Click here to read more about his inspiring story.

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