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Izumo Taisha Shrine

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Address: 195 Taishacho Kizukihigashi, Izumo 699-0701, Shimane Prefecture
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+81 853-53-3100
06:30 - 20:00
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Izumo Grand Shrine

One of the most important religious sites in Japan, Izumo Taisha is located in rural Shimane prefecture - well off the main tourist path. With beautiful grounds and the lovely... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the most important religious sites in Japan, Izumo Taisha is located in rural Shimane prefecture - well off the main tourist path. With beautiful grounds and the lovely town of Taisha to explore nearby, Izumo Taisha is a must visit for anyone visiting the area despite the lack of information for non-Japanese speakers.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Izumo Taisha is either the first or second oldest Shinto shrine in Japan. Near the entrance is the statue of Okuninushi and the rabbit. Legend goes like this: Okuninushi travelled with his brothers on the way to get chosen as the groom for Princess Yagami. They met the sufferring rabbit and only Okuninushi showed significant compassion and rescued the poor... More 

Thank Hua M
Izumo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Izumo Taisha Shrine is the Place of History,Religion and Culture. Lot of attraction all around the Shrine.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We visited on New Years Day for "hatsumode" and had a wonderful time. The shrine is nowhere near as crowded as the major shrines in Kyoto or Tokyo at New Years. A visit hear is a great way to have a memorable New Years experience without lining up for hours just to enter the shrine. The traffic however was atrocious.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

It is said that this is where the Gods gather during the 10th month of the lunar calendar, or Kannazuki (the month during which Gods everywhere else in Japan leaves their 'home' to come here). This same month is referred to as Kamiarizuki (literally 'Gods are here', or the month where Gods are present) in Izumo. Unfortunately quite a bit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

I have been there twice, in 2008, 2012. Last time, I went to Izumo Taisha by train named Kabuki Densha Tour. It was very interesting for me. Just because, after we came there by train, we saw at a hall the Kabuki show. If you visit to Shimane, go there.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Very peaceful location and also very beautiful. Must visit for anyone coming to Shimane. Very diligently maintained..

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Izumo taisha is the second most important Shinto Shrine in Japan, and it's located in Izumo city , Shimane Prefecture. It's also the oldest shrines which was built in 1744 in Japan. About the shrine's roots was written in the oldest Japanese history book, Kojiki. the god who found Japan is enshrined in the shrine. Nowadays, the shrine is popular... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We arrived early which was great as there were few people and the immense space could be felt. For people without Japanese, I would advise definite reading up about this place before visiting it as most of the explanations are in Japanese. Be prepared to walk a lot.

Thank Heidi V
Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

a very famous shrine in Shimane area but actually not many sightseeing and distinctive features, just quite similar to any other shrine in any other Japan areas.

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