8 Best Japan Shrines You Must Visit!

8 Best Japan Shrines You Must Visit!

Japan is the home of Shinto which is the indigenous Japanese faith. People come to Japanese shrines to learn about Shinto, “the way of the gods or “kami” and Buddhism. The Kami come by way of wind, rain, trees, fertility and all forms coming from nature. Here are 8 such shrines that embody Japanese religion and way of life.



 

8 Best Japan Shrines You Must Visit!

 

1. Ise Jingu

8 Best Japan Shrines You Must Visit!Ise

Ise Jingu or Jingu which means “Soul of Japan” is a huge shrine roughly the size of Paris. Tourists and locals come to this Japanese shrine and join over 1500 rituals that are carried out yearly for peace and prosperity. It is dedicated to Amaterasu, the sun goddess.

 

2. Meiji Jingu

8 Best Japan Shrines You Must Visit!Meiji

Learn about the Japanese way life and their religion by visiting Meiji Jingu. The Shinto Japanese shrine has no founder, nor holy book and concepts except for harmony with nature and virtues. Something special awaits visitors, Omikuji or divinations are available right in front of the main hall. These are special Omikuji because they contain Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken’s Waka poems beautifully translated in English.

 

3. Todaijii

8 Best Japan Shrines You Must Visit!Todaiji

Todaijii is one of Japan’s most famous Buddhist temples and was built in 752 A.D. at the beautiful Nara Park in Central Nara. Todaijii is the Main Temple of Japanese Buddhism. Todaijii Japanese shrine is located on the eastern section of Nara which used to be Japan’s capital.

 

4. Itsukushima Jinja

8 Best Japan Shrines You Must Visit!Itsukushima

The Itsukushima Japanese Shrine or Jinja has brought great fame to Miyajima or “Shrine Island”. Tourists come here to see the “floating” Torii gate. Both shrine and the Torii gate were constructed over water so when there is a high tide, the buildings seem to float.

 

5. Fushimi Inari

8 Best Japan Shrines You Must Visit!fushimi

Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine in Kyoto, Japan’s capital until 794 A.D., has thousands of vermillion Torii gates astride the many trails behind the main buildings. The Omo-karu Ishi or stone of heaviness or lightness is one of the attractions in the shrine. If one lifts the stone and feel lightness then the wish or intention will come true.

 

6. Kouyasan

8 Best Japan Shrines You Must Visit!okunoin

Kouyasan Japanese shrine and its beautiful forest are considered the best in the world. There are several pagodas to indulge in and some 20 structures at the Danjo Garan. The most sacred site is the Okunoin Mausoleum and its famous 10,000 lanterns and 200,000 gravestones.

 

7. Kamikura Jinja

8 Amazing Tour Spots in Hokkaido!kamikura

Climbing the irregular stairs or walking around in the Kamikura Jinja Japanese shrine is not advisable during the sweltering heat of summer. But a tourist will be surprised that Japanese do so with dignity to pay homage to the rock which is the direct manifestation of God.

 

8. Izumo Taisha

8 Best Japan Shrines You Must Visit! Izumo

A wise tourist will not miss the oldest Shinto Japanese Shrine, the Izumo Taisha. There are many ancient artifacts in the shrine grounds including tombs, temples and stone tools dating back 120,000 years. The main hall and surrounding buildings are considered national treasures.

 



Conclusion

The religions of Japan are absorbing, profound and mysterious. It is the reason many tourists travel all the way across the globe to visit Japanese shrines. The ambiance of tranquility and equanimity resonates in these shrines. The Japanese shrines are more than cultural heritage but also stirs deeper meaning to locals and visitors.

 

8 Best Japan Shrines You Must Visit!

1. Ise Jingu
2. Meiji Jingu
3. Todaijii
4. Itsukushima Jinja
5. Fushimi Inari
6. Kouyasan
7. Kamikura Jinja
8. Izumo Taisha

 



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