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Omiwa Shrine

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Address: 1422 Miwa, Sakurai 633-0001, Nara Prefecture
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+81 744-42-6633

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Oldest shrine in Japan

This is the oldest shrine in Japan. The Miwa mountain itself is the object of warship and shows the ancient animism. Atmosphere there is very calm and remind us the being... read more

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the oldest shrine in Japan. The Miwa mountain itself is the object of warship and shows the ancient animism. Atmosphere there is very calm and remind us the being something great. 日本最古の神社です。山そのものが御神体で、アニミズムを表しています。静かな雰囲気は、何か荘厳なものを感じさせてくれます。

Thank naka247
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 6 November 2016

We started our long walk (Yamanobe-no-Michi trail) at the parking place near the Omiwa Shrine. It is a beautiful temple complex where we witnessed a ceremony for the (Japanese) visitors comprising monks chanting mantras. Impressive.

Thank Johan17
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 26 January 2016

Omiwa shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Nara, Japan. The shrine has no idols or no images. It is symbolic of worshipping Mount Miwa, the mountain on which it stands.It has a worship hall. It has a 'pharmacy street' too. From 1871 to 1946, Omiwa shrine was officially designated the first rank among government supported shrines.

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Reviewed 21 July 2015

Omiwa Shrine was built directly at the foot of Miwa-yama (467-meter-high Mount Miwa), and is one of the oldest extent Shinto shrines in Japan. The shrine has a worship hall, but no place for the deity to be housed, because it is believed to serve Miwa-yama itself. We can find a big torii gate with a height of 32 meters,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 December 2014

I was staying in a guest house located close to this shrine and I really wanted to see it, since the Yukio Mishima's novel "Runaway Horses" has an important passage here. I visited it early in the morning (7AM) of a rainy morning. It was beautiful, with a quiet, spiritual atmosphere. There are lanterns on the way leading up to... More 

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