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Izumo-taisha, Izumo

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Likely the oldest site of its kind in the country, Izumo-taisha 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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Izumo-taisha and many more Izumo attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Izumo vacation trip planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Been changed at all and when I went to about 20 years ago, from the whole staff was. Was unable to throw a coin in the largest shimenawa.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Places I visited many times, many times come for relaxing feel. Filled with natural healing. Have a prayer with eight legs, looking closely at the main gate in. We could have ever seen across the gate only 8 feet, but this prayer to you because shrine for the first time to see. In the historic building, but because it was a photo shoot NG photos, there are designated national treasures, to see and so felt the power!! you may come out of the ︎ national anthem lyrics "pebble"!! ︎
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  • August 15, 2017
    The God here gives you good marriage partner. Many youngsters worship here for their better half. Sacred and peaceful, yet cheerful and colourful in a sense. The mountains behind the shrine looks sacr...  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    Very impressed, I here Kami-sama come here to decide who gonna in love with who and who is break up
  • January 4, 2017
    One of Japan's oldest and largest shrines. A vast and beautiful complex to explore. I was impressed by the variety of buildings, from the enormous grand shrine to ones seemingly hidden in the surrounding forest. Worth a day trip for sure!
  • January 12, 2017
    Izumo Taisha is a grand shrine that is a must see spot if you come to Shimane. There is plenty of parking next to the shrine but I recommend parking a few blocks away and walking through town to see all the shops on your way to the shrine.
  • January 12, 2017
    This is part of this vast temple complex and a beautiful building.
  • October 1, 2016
    famous Japanese spiritual place. so mysterious. highly recommended.

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Where to stay in Izumo

Hotels in Izumo cluster around the railway station, mostly on the northern side. Get a map at the station for the location and prices of a few inexpensive ryokans and family-operated bed and breakfasts scattered around the city. A number of mid-range business establishments lie in the western part of town and south of the railway station. Capacity in the city is limited, so consider exploring the wider selection of accommodations on the eastern shore of Lake Shinji, some 30 km (18 mi) away from Izumo.
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