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Amano Iwato Shrine

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Address: 1073-1 Iwato, Nishiusuki-gun, Takachiho-cho 882-1621, Miyazaki Prefecture
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I visited this shrine on the same day as Takachiho gorge and Takachiho shrine. All very close to each other. I had hired a car which made getting around quite easy. I drove from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2016
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

I visited this shrine on the same day as Takachiho gorge and Takachiho shrine. All very close to each other. I had hired a car which made getting around quite easy. I drove from kurokawa onsen to takachiho. The drive is gorgeous with quite a few mountain drives. From where you park the car , it is a short walk... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

We want to visit Amanoyasu Kawara, as Amano Iwato Shrine is so close together, we visit Amano Iwato Shrine as well. For me Amano Iwato Shrine is not so special, I don’t think it is a must see shrine. However, if you time you can have a quick visit of it. The parking lot is big and there is a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

This shrine, built near the cave where Amaterasu Omikami hid herself, is a prologue to visiting Amanoyasu Kawara, the magical cavern where the gods met to figure out how to lure Amaterasu out of hiding and return light to the land. Ameterasu’s cave itself cannot be visited although you can arrange a tour of the shrine with a priest who... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I should keep this silent because apparently not many foreigners know about this place and it's gorgeous, mesmerizing, even mysterious. Not so much the temple, but the gorge and grotto a bit further on the road, so don't miss that or you won't understand my enthousiasm about this place!

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

After the Ama Iwato Shrine, there is a footpath that leads to the Amano Yasukaware cave. It has piles of stones that people have put to mark their pilgrimage to this power spots. The stone piles give a silent and strong message. Not wheelchair accessible.

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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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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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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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