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- Shrines

Hagurosan

TOHOKU

Hallowed ground of the mountaineering asceticism includes the Hagurosan areain a central station of Dewa Sanzan to collect faithand is an important cultural property and the treasure house of the historic cultural assets including a historic spot,the natural beauty spot including Five-Storied Pagoda.Pass through the gate and walk on an avenue of cryptomerias then see the Five-storied Pagoda,which ...

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Gassan

TOHOKU

The beautiful mountain may be called the symbol of Yamagata Prefecture.It takes about 3 hours to climb up to the mountaintop via Mount Haguro with a bus terminaland parking lot on 8- gome.Gassan Shrine is on the mountaintop, and many people come to worship....

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Yudonosan

TOHOKU

Yudonosan Shrine is under 5 km of Gassan mountaintop, and it looks mysterious and profound in deep ravine,worship is permitted only after cleaning the body without wearing shoes.It seems that mind is cleansed.There are some temples with Sokushinbutsu, monks who transformed their own bodies into mummies while still living,which is a mysterious experience of touching the essence of the Japanese Budd...

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Nikko Toshogu Shrine

KANTO

NIkko Toshogu is a  Shrine used to worship the first general Tokugawa Ieyasu of the Edo periodwho has been defied.It is considered as the headquarters of all Toshogu Shrines of Japan.55 buildings including eight national treasures and 34 important cultural properties are lined,and full lacquer colors are painted and sculptures are decorated on pillars by the craftsmen from all over the country.Bec...

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Nikko Futaarasan Shrine

KANTO

Nikko Futaarasan Shrine was founded 120 years ago as the beginning of Nikko,which is worshiped as the God of Marriage.It is the deep side of Toshogu....

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Taiyuin Mausoleum

KANTO

It is the mausoleum of the third generation general, Tokugawa Iemitsu, located next to the Futaarasan Shrine.It is quiet compared with the luxurious and gorgeous Toshogun Shrine,but the beauty of colorful buildings and gardens makes tourists feel its history.In particular, Four Buddha statues at the Yashamon Gate are colorful and splendid....

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A walk to the Takino Shrine

KANTO

It is a shrine in the deep forest of Toshogu Shrine and Taiyuin,whose quiet atmosphere compared with crowdedness of Toshogu Shrine makes it a pleasant walking trail.There is a motorway from the right side of Toshogu Shrine, it is accessible by car in case of getting to the shrine only....

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Kunosan Toshogu

CHUBU

Kunosan Toshogu is a shrine to enshrine  Tokugawa Ieyasu , the founder of the Edo Shogunate,tourists will be fascinated by the gorgeous building which was specially mentioned in the construction history.It is different from Nikko Toshogu, though both are used to enshrine the same Ieyasu,which is interesting and worth recommending....

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Togakushi Shrine

CHUBU

Togakushi Shrine is located at the base of Mount Togakushi and can be reached in 1 hour from Nagano city by bus.The 2 km beautiful cedar line reaches to the upper shrine.It has a good cozy atmosphere for visitors.There are many original soba noodles restaurants around this area, which is well- known for Soba culture....

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Hodosan Shrine

KANTO

Mount Hodosan means a mountain of treasure in Japanese, it is full of worshipers for divine favor.In addition, Okumiya in Hodasan Shrine, on the mountaintop, is a park where flowers in four seasons can be enjoyed,it is easy to get to the mountaintop from the foot by ropeway....

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Shirakawa-hachiman Shrine

CHUBU

Shirakawahachiman is a small shrine in the deepest part of the Shirakawa-goand is where the Doburoku Festival is held in the middle of October( every October 14–15).There is a museum, too, and exhibits of the festival are displayed.Doburoku is a kind of raw sake,a liquor from fermented rice.At the festival, Doburoku is given to God in hope of peace....

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Kumano Hongu-taisha

KANSAI

There are many Kumano Shrines all over the country  and this one is the head temple.the shrine itself is relatively new as a rebuilt building,but all the approach to a shrine spreading out from the biggest Torii in Japanmake in the atmosphere of the shrine in the forest....

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Kumano Nachi-taisha

KANSAI

It is a hallowed ground built for nature worship of the waterfall of Nachi nearby as the Godwhich is located in Nachikatsuura-cho at the south end of the Kii Peninsula.There is a three-storied tower painted in red at the end of stairs and the scene of the waterfall of Nachi viewedfrom the tower are an atmosphere appropriate for the hallowed ground.A bus gets to Nachi shrine, but what we want to re...

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Kumano Hayatama-taisha

KANSAI

It is in Shingu City neighboring Nachi-katsuura and it is the only one in the downtown among three shrines,whose green makes a different feeling that it is in the downtown....

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Kamikura Shrine

KANSAI

It is shrine where a huge rock called Gotobiki is worshiped as the Godand it is accessible from Hayatama-taisha on foot, so you are recommended to stop by here.Though you have climb steep stairs, you may feel pleasant spirituallyand the view of the sea from here is splendid....

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Yoshimizu Shrine

KANSAI

It is the shrine where the Imperial Court of the Emperor was set in the 14th century.Though small, it played a very important role in Japanese history.The view of cherry flowers from here is also attractive for viewers....

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Kasuga Taisha Shrine

KANSAI

Kasuga Taisha is a shrine founded in 768 in hope of the prosperity of the capital.The conspicuously outstanding shrine painted in red and the garden lanterns in the corridorare really beautiful.A naturally primitive forest is left in the rear....

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Hokoku Shrine

CHUGOKU

the wooden building of a huge pillar and a five-storied Pagoda are the characteristic,and it is masculine in contrast to the elegant, beautiful Itsukushima Shrine.Itsukushima Shrine is seen from the hill of Hokoku Shrine....

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Izumo Taisha

CHUGOKU

Izumo Taisha is said to be the Japanese oldest Shinto shrine,there are 23 shrines around the main shrine and the huge Shinto shrine for the mythical countryas a story of the foundation appeared in the oldest history books of Japan.It is now popular with young women as a shrine of matchmaking.The current main shrine was rebuilt in 1774, and becomes the national treasure....

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Hinomisaki Shrine

CHUGOKU

The shrine, built at the entrance of the Hinomisaki Lighthouse and painted in red is beautiful.Ise Shrine is one for protecting the daytime of Japanwhile this Hinomisaki Shrine is well known as God protecting Japanese night....

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Konpiragu Shrine

SHIKOKU

It is a shrine of combination of Shinto with Buddhism and the guardian angel of the traffic on the seasbut it was the guardian angel of the lives of the common people in the Edo period.The common people could not travel freely in the Edo period, and they were only allowed to visit Ise Shrineand Konpiragu Shrine,that is why it was a popular shrine among the common people.In addition, it is famous f...

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Isaniwa Shrine

SHIKOKU

It is a shrine where a red main shrine and the corridor surrounding main shrine are beautiful.Though there are 135 steps of stairs to climb, but tourists come to visit by way of walkingbecause the shrine is in DogoOnsen....

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Warei Shrine

SHIKOKU

It is famous for its three number ones in Japan.The first one is the biggest Torii in Japan, the second one is the mask to bring happinessand the third one is the highest nose mask in Japan.It stands for the good luck of men. It is within walk reach from Uwajima Station,yet is very quiet because of few visitors....

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Hakozaki Shrine

KYUSHU

The Hakozaki shrine is a place where Japanese worship the divine protector Kami Hachiman (God of Eight Banners).It is a shrine that has become the center of various seasonal events in Fukuoka....

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Amanoiwato Shrine

KYUSHU

It is a legendary shrine where the high position among Japanese Gods called Amaterasu Omikamigrieved for too violent act of the younger brother and hid in  Amanoiwato.Then the world lost light, crops could not grow and many disasters occurred.However, when the God appeared again, the world became peaceful again.Beautiful rice terraces can be seen along the road from Takachiho town to the Shrine....

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Amanoyasu-kawara

KYUSHU

Amanoyasu-kawara is a cave 10 minutes of walk away from the Amanoiwato Shrine,which is full of mysterious atmosphere. It also produced many myths,so it is nice to have a relaxing time here....

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Takachiho Shrine

KYUSHU

Takachiho Shrine does not look gorgeous at all, but make visitors feel the atmosphere of old days.Trees of over 1000 years old are here and there in the shrine, whose purity is felt by visitors.The night Kagura Dance is recommended.The Kagura dance is an old Japanese folk entertainment in hope of the perfect state of the alth of dancing people,an abundan tharvest in front of God.This entertainment...

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Kushifuru Shrine

KYUSHU

It is a small shrine, but it is mysteriously charming with its quietness and solemnness.The sculpture of the shrine is worth seeing at least one time....

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Miyazaki Shrine

KYUSHU

Miyazaki Shrine is in prefectural seat Miyazaki City of Miyazakiand the Jimmu Emperor considered as the first emperor was worshiped hereand the main shrine made with only the cedar in the forest is readily tastefuland has a solemn feeling Shinto shrine....

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Oyamazumi Shrine

SHIKOKU

It is a simple shrine in Omishima Island without affectation, but the front shrine and the surrounding corridorgive off a divine atmosphere, which makes it beautiful shrine.It is well-known for a big camphor tree lives more than 2000 years old.The armor of samurai and Japanese swords displayed in the Treasure Museum are really wonderful as well.It is full of treasures of the Japanese samurai cultu...

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Sueyama Shrine

KYUSHU

It is a small shrine, but the various buildings in it are made with grilled earthenware.What makes it unique is that trains cross the shrine.Because the shrine is on the hill, a roof o a chimney and the tile-roofing of the pottery, a mountain rangeis seen over city scape of Arita from the Shrine.                                                                                                       ...

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Kamosu Shrine

CHUGOKU

It is a shrine in a quiet, magnificent atmosphere with a very large forest in the rear.If you are here, you may feel  so mysterious that you think God lives here....

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Miho Shrine

CHUGOKU

Miho Shrine is the head shrine of Ebisu Shrines as an industrial guardian deity.It is in the fishing town called Mihonoseki, and is a shrine which makes feel the history and the personality.The old buildings such as well-established inns and soy sauce storehouses,the merchant's family remain in the street of the neighborhood and are in a good atmosphere.Yet, the transportation is inconvenient....

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Usa Shrine

KYUSHU

Usa Shrine is located in Usa City of the Kunisaki Peninsula which is near Fukuoka Prefecture.It is one of the most important Hachimangu Shrines among 44000 shrines nationwide.It is a Shrine with a large site and unique characteristic....

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Udo Shrine

KYUSHU

It is a rare shrine in a cave of the cliff along the shorewhich wishes the harmony of menandwomenandtheeasydelivery.The other characteristic of the Shrine is that prayers have to godown the stone stairways to worship.Generally, a shrine is on a high place, so it is extremely unusual to climb down to the shrine.What is interesting is that if a visitor throws a clay unglazed round ball called lucky ...

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Kamafuta Shrine

KYUSHU

Though a small shrine, it is said that a wish comes true if the prayer can pray without dropping the cover of the pot.It is the unique shrine where some athletes seem to come to pray....

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Kirishima Shrine

KYUSHU

It is an ancient shrine built in the 6th century to worship Ninigi-no- Mikoto who was said to found Japan in the myths,the current building was constructed in 1715.The splendid building is a grand shrine with another name called "West Nikko",which is painted in red and decorated luxuriously inside and outside.It is at the foot of the southernmost of the Kirishima Mountains....

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Hirakiki Shrine

KYUSHU

It is a Shrine located at the foot of Mount Kaimondake with red walls surrounding it.Though not big, the red hall and the sculptures on the column are impressive.You may drop in for a short time while going to Mount Kaimondake....

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