After that, you start climbing: Haruna Jinja, in the Shinto tradition, is up in the mountain. The road, though, is not hard, and you do not encounter stairs till close to the end. It is quite nice to walk through the forest. There are in particular some giant cedar trees near the shrine.
There is the occasional Buddha to encourage you
Then you get to the stairs:
Then you get to the main buildings:
And finally the main one:
My favorite statue [looks like a tengu, doesn't he?]
Most of the leaves had fallen, but there remained one flaming maple:
It was an enjoyable excursion. I then returned to Tagasaki. I left the next day, escaping the cold of Gunma for the [relative] warmth of Kansai in Kyoto.
Please come visit again, I will soon post my pictures of Kyoto!