All Japanese Shrines

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.

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    Chureito Pagoda

    Chureito Pagoda appears in many iconic pictures featuring cherry blossom and Mt Fuji in the background. Chureito Pagoda is a five story pagoda with bright crimson features that contrast against the white of the cherry blossom and snow on Mt Fuji. Chureito Pagoda is built on a hilltop facing Mt Read more [...]

  • Yasaka Shrine

    Yasaka Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in Ikeda Osaka. Yasaka Shrine was established in 978AD and rebuilt in 1610. Yasaka Shrine is a designated Important Cultural Property.

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    Haritsuna Shrine

    Haritsuna Shrine held a festival in 1635, which has now become the famous, and National Significant Intangible Gold Cultural Asset called the Inuyama Festival. Today the Inuyama Festival features 13 three layer floats which are close to 8m high and at night time each features 365 Japanese lanterns. Haritsuna Shrine, Read more [...]

  • Katori Shrine

    Katori Shrine in Katori in Chiba Prefecture is the ichinomiya (highest ranking or head shrine) of the 400 Katori Shrines throughout Japan. Katori Shrine, said to have been established in 642BC, enshrines Futsunushi (swords and lightning). The Honden and Romon gate of Katori Shrine where both built in 1700 and Read more [...]

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    Kushida Shrine

    Kushida Shrine is a grand tutelary shrine, widely known as Okushida-san, in Hakata (Fukuoka). Kushida Shrine dates back to 757, when Emperor Koken reigned and Tairano Kiyomori designated Hakata Port as a base of Japan-China trade. Kushida Shrine was built on the Emperor’s order to share a god with Kushida Read more [...]

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    Sumiyoshi Shrine

    Sumiyoshi Shrine in Hakata (Fukuoka) is believed to be the first of the approximately 2000 Sumiyoshi Shrine throughout Japan. Sumiyoshi Shrine was officially designated in ancient times as one of the highest ranked shrines. Sumiyoshi Shrine was once admired as the greatest shrine of Chikuzen area (northern part of the Read more [...]

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    Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine

    Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine in Takayama is famous for its festival called Takayama Matsuri, which is held on the 9th and 10th of October every year and is one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan.

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    Kiyomori Shrine

    Kiyomori Shrine is built right down on the waters edge on a small island formed by the river on one side and the sea on the other. Kiyomori Shrine was built in 1954 to eulogize the achievement of the famous General Taira-no-kiyomori.