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Negai-zaka (Slope of Wish)


The origin of the name for Negai-zaka involves a visit to Arima by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1589. When Hideyoshi climbed to an overlook in a high mountain facing the southwest from Seiryoin, he tapped the ground and shouted, "If this area has a hot spring that gushes up from the ground, I declare all of the land to the sea and beyond is mine" He commanded the ground, "Erupt with hot water!"

As he spoke these words, hot water began gushing at their feet little by little, and a hot spring developed. People began calling this hot spring such names as "Kami-no-yu" or Hot Spring of the Upper and the "Negai-no-yu" or Hot Spring of Wish. Although the hot spring stopped gushing when Hideyoshi died, the sloping path from Onsenji Temple to Nenbutsuji Temple is still called "Negai-zaka (Slope of Wish)" even today.

Folklores in Arima Index
No. 1 Tale : Two Gods and Three Crows of Arima
No. 2 Tale : Saint Gyoki and Hot Springs of Arima
No. 3 Tale : Saint Ninsai and the Spider Guide
No. 4 Tale : Totoya-michi and the Mountain Dog's Repayment
No. 5 Tale : Spider Waterfall
No. 6 Tale : Valley of Hell (Bird Hell and Insect Hell)
No. 7 Tale : Mt. Kumuchi and Cedar Valley
No. 8 Tale : Uwanari-yu (Jealousy Bath)
No. 9 Tale : Tamoto-ishi (Tamato Stone)
No. 10 Tale : Negai-zaka (Slope of Wish)
No. 11 Tale : The Teakettle of Zenpukuji Temple
No. 12 Tale : Kobu-zaka (Lump Slope)
No. 13 Tale : Otoku-san
No. 14 Tale : Funasaka and Saint Gyoki
No. 15 Tale : Fire Protecting Jizo of Konomoto
No. 16 Tale : Origin of Motoyu "Ryuusenkaku"

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