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Izumo Taisha Shrine

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Address: 195 Taishacho Kizukihigashi, Izumo 699-0701, Shimane Prefecture
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+81 853-53-3100
06:30 - 20:00
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Oldest Shinto Shrine in Japan

Although quite a distance from our stay in Hiroshima, our relatives took us to the Izumo-taisha, said to be the oldest and most sacred of Shinto shrines in Japan. It was built... read more

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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although quite a distance from our stay in Hiroshima, our relatives took us to the Izumo-taisha, said to be the oldest and most sacred of Shinto shrines in Japan. It was built before the year 950 and dedicated to Okuninushi, Shinto creator of Japan and diety of marriage, and to Kotoamatsukami, heavenly kami. There are numerous torii gates leading to... More 

Thank Normtf
Hong Kong, China
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117 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

A shrine well known for relationships (colleagues, family, friendship etc) that has a long history. It is also the shrine that all gods will gather at for lunar calendar October.

Thank fionayyy
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

One of the most important religious sites in Japan, Izumo Taisha is located in rural Shimane prefecture - well off the main tourist path. With beautiful grounds and the lovely town of Taisha to explore nearby, Izumo Taisha is a must visit for anyone visiting the area despite the lack of information for non-Japanese speakers.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Izumo Taisha is either the first or second oldest Shinto shrine in Japan. Near the entrance is the statue of Okuninushi and the rabbit. Legend goes like this: Okuninushi travelled with his brothers on the way to get chosen as the groom for Princess Yagami. They met the sufferring rabbit and only Okuninushi showed significant compassion and rescued the poor... More 

Thank Hua M
Izumo, Japan
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9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Izumo Taisha Shrine is the Place of History,Religion and Culture. Lot of attraction all around the Shrine.

Thank rafiadbmb06
Salt Lake City, Utah
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17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We visited on New Years Day for "hatsumode" and had a wonderful time. The shrine is nowhere near as crowded as the major shrines in Kyoto or Tokyo at New Years. A visit hear is a great way to have a memorable New Years experience without lining up for hours just to enter the shrine. The traffic however was atrocious.... More 

Thank Joy Y
Singapore, Singapore
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

It is said that this is where the Gods gather during the 10th month of the lunar calendar, or Kannazuki (the month during which Gods everywhere else in Japan leaves their 'home' to come here). This same month is referred to as Kamiarizuki (literally 'Gods are here', or the month where Gods are present) in Izumo. Unfortunately quite a bit... More 

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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 November 2016

I have been there twice, in 2008, 2012. Last time, I went to Izumo Taisha by train named Kabuki Densha Tour. It was very interesting for me. Just because, after we came there by train, we saw at a hall the Kabuki show. If you visit to Shimane, go there.

Thank Enkh E
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Very peaceful location and also very beautiful. Must visit for anyone coming to Shimane. Very diligently maintained..

Thank Giriraj3007
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Izumo taisha is the second most important Shinto Shrine in Japan, and it's located in Izumo city , Shimane Prefecture. It's also the oldest shrines which was built in 1744 in Japan. About the shrine's roots was written in the oldest Japanese history book, Kojiki. the god who found Japan is enshrined in the shrine. Nowadays, the shrine is popular... More 

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