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Awashima Shrine

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Address: 118 Kada, Wakayama 640-0103, Wakayama Prefecture
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+81 73-459-0043
09:00 - 17:00
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This shrine is about 15 minutes walk from Kada station and a couple of minutes from the ferry point. It is crammed full of dolls, figurines and ceramic figures. A cheerful place... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2017
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158 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

This shrine is about 15 minutes walk from Kada station and a couple of minutes from the ferry point. It is crammed full of dolls, figurines and ceramic figures. A cheerful place and a delight to visit.

Thank Jack_CCC
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2 reviews
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Nice Shrine, with various different animal sculptures, next to the Onsen Hiina No Yu. There are little shops and restaurants nearby open durring the afternoon, good view of the ocean. BE CAREFUL when it rains!

Thank Matthew T
Singapore, Singapore
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102 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

Located at Kada Bay, about 11 km NW of Wakayama. Awashima Shrine is dedicated to the goddess for women, who is believed to ensure easy childbirth. The shrine is decorated with dolls and figurines from all over Japan. There is the Nina Nagashi ritual held on 3 March, where worshippers float commemorative paper dolls down to the sea, along with... More 

Thank LCWW
Tasmania, Australia
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124 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Our friends took us to this quite small shrine and we were immediately fascinated by all the small statues that people had left there as gifts or something (was a bit confused as to the reasoning). The dolls are just beautiful and there are so many of them !!! My grandchildren were also amazed at the areas where specific animal... More 

Thank NannyBSmith
Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2015 via mobile

Stride up to the shrine entrance, throw a 5 yen coin in a box, then clap, close your eyes and make a wish. Ring the bell if you want. And then as you open your eyes and walk away, you start to feel them....1000s of tiny eyes staring! Doll eyes, tanuki statuette eyes, carved bear eyes, maneki neko (Japanese waving... More 

Thank tulippx
Hveragerdi, Iceland
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73 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2015

An enchanted place... filled with hundreds of dolls and figurines of cats, hedgehogs, foxes, frogs and so on. It's not big but walking around takes some time, as there are so many things to see. It is possible to buy an oracle there too. Close to the shrine is a beautiful beach, great for a lazy stroll.

1 Thank Maria Anna M
Tokyo, Japan
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88 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2013

. . . I didn't know where it was. It is a shrine known for the many beautiful dolls, that is often shown on Japan travel shows. I was lucky to visit in March when the annual doll festival is held, where the dolls are placed on little boats and float (actually are towed out) to sea. The dolls themselves... More 

4 Thank DanL917
Port Coquitlam, Canada
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30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2013

This shrine is somewhat out of the way. You need to take a 25min train ride from Wakayama-shi Station to Kada Station (last on the line). It's an oceanside town, and also where you would take the ferry to Tomogashima Island. The location is really nice as it's along the ocean, but windy, so I'd recommend dressing warmly in the... More 

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