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.

  • Hokkaido Shrine

    Hokkaido Shrine is a Shinto Shrine within Maruyama Park in Chuo (central) Sapporo. Hokkaido Shrine enshrines the soul of Emperor Meiji and a famous explorer of Hokkaido, Mamiya Rinzo. Hokkaido Shrine was constructed in 1871, but was initially given the name of Sapporo Shrine. In 1964 the soul of Emperor Read more [...]

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    Minatogawa Shrine

    Minatogawa Shrine was built in 1872 by the order of Meiji Emperor. Minatogawa Shrine Kobe enshrines Kusunoki Masashige who was a famous warlord in 14th century.

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    Ikuta Shrine

    Ikuta Shrine is the most popular shrine among Kobe People, where many people visit here for a New Year prayer. Ikuta Shrine is in Sannomiya.

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    Tokiwa Jinja Shrine

    Tokiwa Jinja Shrine is a Shinto shrine in Mito Ibaraki Prefecture, next to Kairakuen. Tokiwa Jinja Shrine was established in 1868 to enshrine Tokugawa Mitsukuni and Tokugawa Nariaki.

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    Oyama Shrine

    Oyama Shrine is a beautiful Shinto shrine with distinctive main gate called the Shinmon (God Gate). This main gate was designed by Dutch and has a mix of Japanese, Chinese and European architectural elements and is designated as a National Important Cultural Asset. Oyama Shrine of Kanazawa also features a Read more [...]

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    Ishiura Shrine

    Ishiura Shrine is believed to have been built in the 8th century, making it the oldest shrine in Kanazawa. Ishiura Shrine was relocated from Shimohonda-cho to its current site in 1880, where it is now surrounded by over 250 trees. In 1983 the Kanazawa City designated the shrine precint a Read more [...]

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    Kanazawa Shrine

    Kanazawa Shrine was established in 1794 by the order of Maeda Harunaga, a feudal lord of Kaga Clan. It worships Sugawara Michizane who was a scholar, poet and politician in the 9-10th century. Kanazawa Shrine is in Kanazawa .

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    Konpira Shrine

    Konpira Shrine, also known as Kotohira-gu, is a Shinto Shrine half way up Mt Zozu, in the city of Kotohira Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. Konpira Shrine is famous for the large number of steps on the way up to the shrine: 785 to the outer shrine and Read more [...]