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Omiwa Shrine, Sakurai

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Explore one of the oldest Shinto shrines in the land, Omiwa Shrine--notable for its lack of sacred images or objects, it honors the mountain on which it stands. Wander the peaceful grounds, nestled in the trees, with an ancient Japanese cedar here considered as sacred. The main hall of worship stands purposefully empty, reflecting the sensibility of the Kofun period (250 to 538 CE): since the mountain itself is venerated, the trees are protected and grow densely upon it. Pilgrims can climb the mountain, but need to apply at the adjacent Sai Jinja and must wearing a white sash while doing so, after going through a Shinto ritual. Work out when and for how long to visit Omiwa Shrine and other Sakurai attractions using our handy Sakurai day trip planning app .
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  • I visited the cedar which can be received only on the day of the dawn. Also, I was grateful to have separated the seedlings of the rose and the man-car. There are many shrines around here. It is also recommended to go around slowly with shoes that are easy to walk in.
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  • This is an old shrine. Yamato Kuni ichinomiya Miwa Myojin. This is the oldest shrine in Japan that conveys the first shrine of the original shrine to worship the mountain. I feel the flow of time that the roof seems to be integrated with nature.
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