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Likely the oldest site of its kind in the country, Izumo Grand Shrine also represents as one of the most important places of worship in the Shinto religion. You'll walk on extremely ancient ground when visiting the shrine, as the site dates back to at least the 8th century. Despite the temple's long history, the appearance of the main shrine only dates back to the 18th century. The main hall, renovated every few decades, last underwent a major rebuilding in 2013. Pay special attention to the straw ropes hanging over the entrance into the main section of the complex--visitors able to throw and lodge a coin in them can allegedly hope for continued good fortune. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Izumo Grand Shrine by using our Izumo day trip planning tool.
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$150 BOOK WITH VIATOR Matsue/Izumo Taisha Shrine Full-Day Private Trip with Government-Licensed Guide Matsue/Izumo Taisha Shrine Full-Day Private Trip with Government-Licensed Guide
Duration: 8 hours
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Duration: 3 days
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Izumo Grand Shrine reviews
I visited Shimane Prefecture mainly to see the Izumo Taisha Shrine and it was incredible. I visited over a weekend and it was pretty crowded. There is free parking nearby. The walk from the parking...
I visited Shimane Prefecture mainly to see the Izumo Taisha Shrine and it was incredible. I visited over a weekend and it was pretty crowded. There is free parking nearby. The walk from the parking... more »
Being one of the oldest and most revered shrine in Japan, you will feel the history of the place as you walk to the shrine and around. Look at the Japanese people to avoid little mistakes, like...
Being one of the oldest and most revered shrine in Japan, you will feel the history of the place as you walk to the shrine and around. Look at the Japanese people to avoid little mistakes, like... more »
One of the oldest and most significant Shinto shrines in Japan. This shrine has the largest shimenawa sacred straw rope located at one of it's main entrances. It measures 13.5 meters long and weighs around 5 tons. I really enjoyed my time here, parking and entering the shrine were both free. In addition, there are lots of restaurants and shopping areas located in the vicinity. I highly recommend visiting this shrine if you have the time, it was one of the most memorable from when I was living in Japan.
Date visited: 2022/04/29 It was raining and very windy, but it was a very beautiful experience nonetheless. The forest around the shrine is very impressive. I loved the walkway going into the shrine. The center of the long walkway is always reserved for the gods, so I really liked how it was roped off to prevent people from walking there. I appreciated that. Don't be like me and think the first shrine you approach is the main shrine and feel disappointed. The main shrine is further inside to the left. (Lol)
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