All Japanese Shrines

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Japanese Shrines are sacred buildings of the Shinto religion, an indigenous religion to Japan. The primary objective of a Shinto Shrine is to store and protect sacred objects, kami. These objects are said to be enshrined. Most Shinto Shrines feature a honden, the primary building where the sacred objects, kami are stored. An exception to this is where the sacred object is a mountain or similarly large object. Some shrines contain halls for worship, known as haiden.

Shinto Shrines are sometimes located near Japanese Temples, which share some common history.

There are estimated to be 100,000 Shinto Shrines throughout Japan, however some of these are small or miniature shrines, hokora, which are located along pathways or roads. There are some very old Japanese Shrines which were established over 1,200 years ago. Today some of these very old wooden shrines still survive, however many have been destroyed by lightning, fire, earthquakes, storms or war and have been rebuilt over the years. Many of these rebuilt shrine buildings are hundreds of years old.

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    Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

    Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine has been made famous in modern culture through countless photographs and movies, including Memoirs of a Geisha, that depict the thousands of photogenic vermilion torii lining the stone paths throughout the extensive shrine grounds. Only a short walk along the stone path lined with the Vermilion read more

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    Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine

    Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine is the oldest shrine around Mt Fuji. Takeda Shingen is worshiped in this shrine. Every April, the Spring festival called ‘Hana Matsuri’ (Flower Festival) is held at Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine, which features many stalls and attractions in the shrine on that day, providing a truly read more

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    Hakone Shrine

    Hakone Shrine is a very popular shrine in the Hakone region. Part of Hakone Shrine complex (Hakone Motomiya Shrine) is on the summit of Mt Komagatake and the other part is on the edge of Lake Ashi.

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    Yasukuni Shrine

    Yasukuni Shrine is Shinto Shrine which houses the souls of some 2.5 million people killed in Japan’s wars. Yasukuni Shrine is controversial because it houses the soles of convicted war criminals executed by the Allies. Yasukuni Shrine received international media coverage when Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi visited the shrine, causing read more

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    Meiji Jingu Shrine

    Meiji Jingu Shrine (明治神宮) is one of the most popular shrines in Tokyo and is a must see for anyone visiting Tokyo. Not only is this shrine easy to access via train to Harajuku Station, it is also right next to the very popular and fashionable Harajuku. This makes it easy read more

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    Osaka Tenmangu Shrine

    Osaka Tenmangu Shrine hosts Osaka’s biggest festival Tenjin Matsuri, which is one of the greatest boat festivals in the world. Osaka Tenmangu Shrine was established in 949AD under order of Emperor Murakami to enshrine the Sugawara no Michizane. The current buildings of Osaka Tenmangu Shrine date back to 1845, with read more

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    Atsuta Shrine

    Atsuta Shrine (Atsuta Jingu) is thought to be the second most important shrine in Japan, second only to Ise Jingo (Ise Shrine). Atsuta Shrine is very popular, attracting over 9 million visitors annually. Atsuta Shrine was originally founded in 113AD, when the sacred sword Kusanagi-no-tsurugi, one of the Imperial symbols, was read more

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    Senjokaku Shrine

    Senjokaku Shrine, also know as the The Hall of a Thousand Tatami Mats, is on the island of Miyajima. In 1587AD Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the warlord who unified Japan during this era, ordered the establishment of Senjokaku Shrine as a place where sutra-chanting would be held in honor of war casualties. read more

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    Itsukushima Shrine

    Itsukushima Shrine is a Shinto Shrine on the island of Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture. Itsukushima Shrine was first constructed in the 6th century, but the current buildings date to the 12th century. Itsukushima Shrine is famous for its floating torii, Otorii, commonly referred to as Miyajima Torii, which appears to read more

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    Seifa-utaki Shrine

    Seifa-utaki Shrine is the most sacred site in Okinawa and a World Heritage Site. Seifa-utaki Shrine consists of some striking natural rock formations including an arch formed between two massive rocks, caves and rock outcrops high above the sea. There were several buildings on the site, but these have been read more