All Japanese Shrines in Nara

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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    Wakamiya Shrine

    Wakamiya Shrine is a Subordinate shrine of Kasuga Taisha Shrine and a complex of 12 small shrines. Wakamiya Shrine was established in 1135. The Main Hall, Oratory, Kaguraden (music hall) and Ablution Pavilion are designated as National Treasures. Wakamiya Shrine is famous for its On Matsuri (Festival of Japanese traditional Read more [...]

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    Tamukeyama Hachimangu Shrine

    Tamukeyama Hachimangu Shrine is the first branch of Usa Hachimangu Shrine (Usa-shi, Oita-ken), which was established in 749AD in order to protect Todaiji Temple. Tamukeyama Hachimangu Shrine was separated from Todaiji Temple in Meiji Period due to the separation of Buddhism and Shintoism. The original buildings were destroyed by fire Read more [...]

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    Kasuga Taisha Shrine

    Kasuga Taisha Shrine is the head shrine for around 3,000 Kasuga Shrines throughout Japan and is within Nara Park, Nara. Kasuga Taisha Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara” listing.

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    Himurojinja Shrine

    Himurojinja Shrine is opposite Nara Park and is dedicated to the God of ice. During its Ice Dedication Festival, in May each year, a pole of ice which is packed with carp and breams is presented to the God.