The Osaki Hachimangu Shrine is located in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. The shrine is built in the typical gongenzukuri style of architecture, and is designated as a national treasure.. Lacquer and whitewash were employed both in the interior and exterior to create gorgeous decorations.
Dewa Sanzan, the three mountains of Dewa, are sacred mountains in Yamagata Prefecture. The three mountains of Dewa are consists of Haguro-san (419 meters), Gassan (1980 m) and Yudono-san (1504 m) with its own shrines: Haguro-san Shrine, Gassan Shrine, and Yudono-san Shrine referred to as the Dewa Sanzan shrines. Haguro-san Shrine features a five-storied pagoda which was designated as a National Treasure.
The deities of all the three mountains also hold at the main shrine Sanjin Gosaiden, hall of the three, on the Haguro-san which is open year around, while the Gassan and Yudono-san shrines are not accessible when the snows are piled up during the winter months.
The Sanjin Gosaiden is 28.2 meters tall, 26 meters wide, with the thatched roof over 2 meters thick which makes the thickest thatched roof in Japan.
Nikko is known for its natural beauty such as Nikko National Park, Kegon waterfall, Lake Chuzenji, and the UNESCO World Heritage site, Nikko Toshogu Shrine. Observe the intricate craftsmanship and enriching details at Nikko Toshogu Shine. You can also enjoy Kinugawa Onsen in combination with the historical tourist spots in Nikko.
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Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha
Located in the city of Fujinomiya, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha is the most important Shinto shrine in the region which worships the God of Mt. Fuji for protection from volcanic eruptions. It serves as the head shrine among 1300 subsidiary shrines throughout the country. A detached rear shrine (okumiya) is erected at the summit of Mt. Fuji which encompasses the entire summit including the crater and all of the land above the 8th Station. The shrine holds large ceremonies in early July and September to open and close the
climbing season of Mt. Fuji.
The Ise Grand Shrine, located in Ise City, Mie Prefecture, is one of the most sacred Shinto shrine in Japan dating back to the 3rd century. The shrine consists of two main buildings: Naiku( the Inner Shrine) dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami and Geku( the Outer Shrine) dedicated to the food goddess Toyouke no Omikami. Ise complex houses 125 different shrines, centered around Naiku spreading across an area which is roughly the same size as Paris.
Ise Grand Shrine’s buildings are constructed in called, yuitsu shinmei zukuri style, which was introduced to the country via the Silk Road, and the design is modelled on the rice granaries. The Shrine owns 5,500 hectares of natural forest, and cypress trees have been planted there for the future harvest as construction material.
Kyoto was the ancient capital of Japan for about 1,000 years until the capital was transferred to Tokyo in 1868. It boasts 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites including several castles, over 1,700 Buddhist temples and over 800 Shinto shrines.
Kyoto is the best place to experience the world of ancient Japan with abundant Japanese gardens, Japanese-style inns, and prewar buildings.
Miyama is located about 50 kilometers north of Kyoto City surrounded by vast mountains and flowing river. The regions is known for its thatched roof houses by traditional methods and materials, and surrounding area were registered as " Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings " in 1993. Most of these are local people's homes, but some have been converted into museums and a cottage hotel. By taking a stroll through the town, you will feel as if you have traveled back in time to old Japan.
Amanohashidate is a pine covered sandbar in Miyazu Bay which divides the bay into two halves. It forms part of the Tango-Amanohashidate Oeyama Quasi National Park. It is also known as one of the Japan’s Three Scenic Views. Viewing from the mountains at either end of the bay, the sandbar looks like a pathway between heaven and earth, that's how its name in Japanese "bridge in heaven" originated. Several other attractions can be explored in the area, like temples, shrine and a small amusement park.
With over 1800 years of history, Ikuta Shrine is said to be one of the oldest shrines in Japan. It enshrines Wakahirume-no-Mikoto, the goddess of fabric who is believed of bringing people together and making good connections, just in the same way that two threads are entwined together. The shrine is a power spot
for love and relationships where local people hold important ceremonies like wedding and coming of the age days in the shrine. The Shrine is like an oasis in a metropolis. It is surrounded by a small forest and waterfall which makes it a serene place though sitting in the busiest district at the heart of Kobe.
Nara,located less than an hour away from Osaka and Kyoto, became the capital of Japan in 710 known as Heijo-kyo, and flourished as the administrative, political and cultural center until 784. Heijo-kyo was Japan’s first cosmopolitan city that modeled after the Palace of Tang Dynasty China. In 1998, eight historic monuments of the Nara period were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage sites, making Nara one of the best city to get a taste of the ancient Japan with temples, shrines and palace.
Katsuura Onsen located in Wakayama Prefecture on the southeastern coast of the Kii Peninsula is famous for onsen hot springs and its fish market. Katsuura boasts the highest volume of tuna hauls in all of Japan, and tuna caught in this area are sold at the Katsuura Fish Market where the auction takes place early in the morning. Also, Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine, the three great shrines of Kumano is about 30 minutes drive from this area.
Itsukushima Shrine is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima known for its vermilion floating torii gate. Back in the 12th century, a powerful ruler of Japan named “Taira no Kiyomori” constructed Itsukushima Shrine, and its complex has designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1996.
The five story pagoda enshrined at Rurikoji is the icon of Yamaguchi and designated as a national treasure. This beautiful spiritual temple can be enjoyed at different times of a day, throughout the year. During day time, a true sense of tranquility can be felt with mountain and garden set against as a backdrop. The scenery becomes particularly impressive with seasonal plants of cherry and maple leaves. The atmosphere changes when the pagoda is lit up at the evening casting a beautiful reflection over the pond.