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Amano Iwato Shrine

1073-1 Iwato, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki Prefecture 882-1621, Japan
+81 982-74-8239
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

If you have traveled around Japan much at all, you have probably been to a few shinto shrines. Generally these places have a self-serve set-up where guests rinse their hands and mouth at a fountain up front, wonder around the quite grounds looking at the building and maybe throw a few coins in the donation box and pray outside the... More

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Cairns, Australia
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94 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

At this shrine you can get a guided tour with one of the priests. The priest prepares you with a cleansing ceremony before you enter. From the shrine, you can look across the valley in the direction of the area where Amaterasu, the goddess of sunlight hid from the other gods and goddesses. Such a wonderful area!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

Near the end of a full day of bus touring, we arrived at Amano Iwato Shrine. There, a priest related the story of the shrine (in Japanese) and then performed a cleansing ritual before we were allowed to enter. No photographs were allowed. From the shrine, we could see across the valley to the location where Amaterasu hid. Afterwards, we... More

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