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“One of most important shrines”

Izumo Taisha Shrine
Ranked #1 of 99 things to do in Izumo
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Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

Must say the access is not convenient for tourists. Since it's Japanese religious place and far from main international airports in Japan, it's not touristic at all especially for the visitors from overseas, though most of Japanese would be thinking "I wanna go pray there sometime in future, at least one time in lifetime".
If you have an intrest on Japanese ancient religion "Shinto" and wanna feel a hint of it, it may worth to visit this one of greatest shrines in Japan but there is also a lot of non-famous shrines in every cities/towns.
Unlike the popular way "2 bows > 2 claps (Pray) > 1 bow" to pray at most of shrines, "2 bows > 4 claps (Pray) > 1 bow" is the way to pray here.
Recently, famous as religious power spot especially for Japanese young women, who is looking for good relationship / marriage partner.
Don't miss the big "Shimenawa" in "Kagura den" and also Japanese noodle "Soba" lunch at the soba restaurants around the shrine, which is famous in Izumo area.

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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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