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“Shame it's not the most important, it is the most impressive.”

Izumo Taisha Shrine
Ranked #1 of 99 things to do in Izumo
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Reviewed 4 October 2013 via mobile

This shrine is not a destination for tourists. It is out of the way and lacks a single romanized letter to be found anywhere on the property.
That said, it is a fantastic destination for those that want to experience a more authentic shine visit.
The unique architectural technique is impressive and refreshing in the light of the thousands of other shrines, that all look the same, you will no doubt see in Japan. They make good use of their space and many of the paths have nice stone work.
You can get very close to the "inner" shrine and even take pictures (we asked a guard and he said it was fine)
It truly is unfortunate that this place isn't as important as Ise, as it blows it away.

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Reviewed 15 July 2013

A must see if you are in the area. The problem is that this really is off the beaten path in western Japan. It is one of the oldest shrines in Japan and the architecture is spectacular. The grounds are vast and very well maintained. It is dedicated to Okuninushi no Mokoto who is the deity of marriage.
What was interesting is that there is nothing is in English. Must not have gaijin (foreigners) ever visit. I did not see anyone there speaking any language but Japanese. We stood out like a sore thumb and I'm sure what the locals wondered what we were doing there,
Nonetheless still a wonderful shrine to visit and enjoy.

Thank RjessMMM
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

The Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine is one of the most important and oldest shrines of Japan. It is dedicated to love, so many young girls travel there to pray for a good relationship or marriage or for finding a boyfriend. In 2013 it is god's 60-year relocation year, so at the moment when I visited it was really crowded. But usually it is a quiet place. The main building complex of the shrin is maintained every 60. year, so it is really rare to see the relocating of the buildings. A special sight is the huge rice straw rope on one of the main buildings.
My recommendation is to buy one of the lovely lucky charms, because they have some special charms for love, which are said to have a positive effect on your love life.
Around the shrine you can see the beautiful nature and a mountainous landscape. It is also next to a beach. Therefore it is a good place to relax and to meditate in a special atmosphere.

Thank Rika P
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

Since this year is this god's 60-year relocation year, there were so many people there. The house of this god is maintained every 60 year. Maybe we can be the timing of 60-year relocation one time in our lifetime. The shrine is one of the oldest in Japan. This is very holy and sacred place. My recommendation is the slope from the gate to shrine. In the middle of the down slope, I had some grateful feeling which is difficult to express in words.

Thank PeterTokyoPeter
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

Izumotaisha shrine was a really enjoyable place to visit and there's enough to see including the immediate surrounding area to take up at least half a day. The shrine itself is impressive, a collection of beautiful wooden structures with huge twisting ropes where people come to pray to find love from all over Japan. There's large grounds and the Treasure Museum in the shrine complex is cheap to enter with some interesting relics. The shrine's entrance is opposite a nice street with shops, restaurants and a tourist information centre that has English speakers who gave some good recommendations and actually ended up helping me plan my day.

Thank James C
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