Find Divine Inspiration at Izumo Taisha

Step off the beaten path and onto sacred grounds in rural Shimane

Nestled in rural Shimane you'll find Izumo Taisha, one of Japan’s most important Shinto shrines. Though not as famous as Mie's Ise Grand Shrine, it still plays an essential role in the religion.

The shrine is dedicated to Okuninushi, a deity associated with many aspects, including relationships. For this reason, be sure to clap your hands four times instead of the usual two during prayer.

October is a particularly busy month at Izumo Taisha. All the deities from around Japan leave their shrines to visit Okuninushi, and there's a big festival to welcome them. You won't want to miss out on the celebrations if you're in the area around this time of year.

As you approach the shrine, you’ll encounter multiple torii gates. The path is divided into three lanes, but you should avoid walking down the center as it’s reserved for the deities.

Since the shrine has been rebuilt multiple times, it now stands much shorter than it once did. Even so, the traditional architecture and thatched rooftops retain all of their charm.
Set amidst the breathtaking nature of Daisen-Oki National Park, it’s a destination that welcomes any seeker of spiritual or scenic beauty.

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