Izumo-Taisha Grand Shrine


195 Taishachō Kizukihigashi Izumo-shi, Shimane-ken
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Open Hours
1-12: Mon-Sun: - 06:30-20:00
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About this sight

Izumo Grand Shrine is one of the most important shrines of the Shinto religion. Some say that this shrine was built in the 600s, and nowadays, the Izumo Grand Shrine is a popular spot for matchmaking and the god of marriage, packed with over 2 million visitors and worshipers a year.

The Izumo province is known as the land of God, and every year on Kannazuki (The Month Without Gods) on October of the Lunar calendar, all gods from around the country are said to gather at the Izumo Grand Shrine.

The Izumo Grand Shrine is spacious, and is home to the famous Kaguraden, with the symbolic 13 meter Shimenawa (sacred straw rope), the longest in Japan. Visitors adopt a different worship method in this shrine, which is "nirei yonhakushu ichirei" (two bows, four claps, and one bow).

You will also see many tourists buying lucky love charms since the Izumo Grand Shrine is known for its gods of matchmaking and relationships.