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Izumotaisha

Address: 195 Taishacho Kizukihigashi, Izumo 699-0701, Shimane Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 853-53-3100
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Ranked #1 of 40 Attractions in Izumo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
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Type: Religious Sites, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 8:00 pm

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Tokyo, Japan
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116 reviews 116 reviews
67 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Ise Grand Shrine is considered the yang, while Izumo Grand Shrine (Taisha) is the yin. It's therefore much quieter and way less people around the area ... the atmosphere is very serene. The long walk thru the 4 great torii (gates) (probably less than 2 kms from down by the river) is not as noisy nor lively as the lead... More 

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japan
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I don't know how many times I have visited here. No words needed for such beautiful shrine.. sigh..

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Santa Clara, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is the same shrine where the Princess Noriko had married the son of the head priest of the shrine just the week before I visited. I loved the custom of washing your hands and rinsing your mouth before entering the shrine. The history of the shrine and beauty around it are amazing. I was fortunate to observe a couple... More 

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San Diego, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Both my husband and I were surprised at what a moving experience it was to visit Izumo Taisha Not only ancient, but beautiful and ethereal. Be prepared to do some walking, although it is all even and mostly flat, unlike most of Japan. Unquestionably an international treasure.

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Honolulu
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249 reviews 249 reviews
79 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The oldest Shinto Shrine. You can see most of the buildings but the main building is restricted. The town area is interesting; lots of shops and places to eat specialty food of that area. Nice “omiyage (gifts)” to take home. JR railpass will take you to Izumoshi station where you transfer to the private Ichibata line; cost an extra 490-yen.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Valued most for its religious and historical significance, the shrine is a 20 minute bus ride from Izumoshi station and another 5 minute walk. Round trip cost is $1000 yen. There is no admission fee. The complex is large and spacious with giant pines and cedars lining paths. The iconic woven braids are impressive. Unfortunately if you are wearing sandals,... More 

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Lennoxville, Canada
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42 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I came at around New Year's--probably the busiest time of the year--and despite the crowds, it was quite an experience. The shrine is located within a large park with several torii gates lining the walkway. I learned that the shrine is not just one building, but rather large complex, comprising of a honden (main hall), a haiden (place of worship)... More 

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17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Must say the access is not convenient for tourists. Since it's Japanese religious place and far from main international airports in Japan, it's not touristic at all especially for the visitors from overseas, though most of Japanese would be thinking "I wanna go pray there sometime in future, at least one time in lifetime". If you have an intrest on... More 

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New Westminster, Canada
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93 reviews 93 reviews
66 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

This shrine is not a destination for tourists. It is out of the way and lacks a single romanized letter to be found anywhere on the property. That said, it is a fantastic destination for those that want to experience a more authentic shine visit. The unique architectural technique is impressive and refreshing in the light of the thousands of... More 

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Davis, California, United States
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42 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Izumotaisha is one of Japan's must-see attractions. One of the oldest and most revered Shinto shrines in the country, it is considered to be a national treasure. It is dedicated to marriage, and couples from all over Japan come there for their weddings. The huge halls with their unique architecture simply fill one with awe.

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