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Izumo-taisha shrine

Izumo-taisha shrine Izumo-taisha shrine is positioned in the western part of Shimane Peninsula.
It is located about 10 km northwest of JR Izumoshi station.

This shrine is one of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan, and enshrines the great god "Ookuninushi".
Japanese myth has the follwing story.

Izumo is the east part of Shimane Prefecture.
In the mythological age, it was a narrow and uncompleted land.
So Ookuninushi, who was creating the land of Japan, fastened two ropes to Mount Sanbe and Mount Daisen, and pulled at the ropes.
Then Izumo was connected to the mainland.
It is said that the former Izumo land is current Shimane Peninsula and the former sea between the lands became Lake Shinji and Lake Nakaumi.

And it is said that Izumo-taisha shrine was founded in such age.
(In fact, it is unknown when this shrine was founded.)

The main shrine was rebuilt in 1744, and is designated as a national treasure.
It was performed the major repair in 1809, 1881 and 1953.
And the repair is performing from 2008 to 2013.

On the facade of Kaguraden shrine, a great Sacred straw rope is set up.
It is the largest sacred rope in Japan. It is 13 meters long and weighs about 5 tons.
This is the symbol of this shrine.
Many coins are sticked into the sacred rope. It is not known who did first, but they have been thrown as offering.
Now if you throw a coin at the rope and it sticks, it is said that your wish will come true.

Izumo-taisha is well-known as the god of the marriage.
It is said that many gods from all over the country gather here in October to hold the meeting about the marriage which the worshippers desire.

How to get to here

By railroad (Ichibata Densha Line)

  • From Matsue-Shinjiko-onsen to Izumo-taisha-mae terminal station, about 1 hour. Then, to shrine, about 10 minutes on foot.
    (Matsue-Shijiko-onsen station is located about 1 km southwest of Matsue Castle.)
  • When you come to Izumoshi station by JR Line, you can get on Ichibata Densha Line there.
    From Izumoshi to Kawato, about 11 minutes. Transfer to the train to Izumo-taisha-mae, and about 9 minutes.
    To Izumoshi by JR limited express "Yakumo", about 30 minutes from Matsue, about 3 hours from Okayama.

By route bus

  • From JR Izumoshi station, about 25 minutes.
  • From Izumo Airport, about 35 minutes.

Main gate of Izumo-taisha
Photo by Railstation.net
Dou-Torii gate
Shrine of worship
Great Sacred straw rope
Main shrine and Roumon gate
Photo by Railstation.net
Treasure house
Photo by Railstation.net

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