Yaegaki Shrine

Yaegaki Shrine, Matsue

Yaegaki Shrine
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

4.5
448 reviews
Excellent
177
Very good
216
Average
52
Poor
1
Terrible
2

ErikaP
291 contributions
Relationship Shrine
Oct 2019
Famous for relationships (marriage) and its Japanese legends background.
A beautiful holy place. There’re penis statue.
Written October 7, 2019
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Sally N
Hong Kong, China25 contributions
One of the greatest shrines in Japan
Apr 2019 • Solo
It's an impressive shrine with great atmosphere. I've heard about it before and had great expectation. It's not exactly like I expected but it's still quite a nice experience to explore the grounds, learn the myths and admire the architecture.
Written May 8, 2019
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iamface
East Sussex, UK1,337 contributions
another interesting temple in japan
Nov 2017 • Friends
another interesting temple in japan, except penis temple & sculpture that has some special ceremony for marriage. interesting.
Written July 8, 2018
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Gary H
Bloomington, IN566 contributions
Not to be missed during a visit to Matsue
Nov 2017 • Business
An enormous shrine, but with crowds to match. Nevertheless, no visit to Matsue would be complete without a visit to the Yaegaki Shrine. Particularly noteworthy is the enormous woven rope that divides the "inner" from "outer" areas (depicted in the photo for this site). It is said to weigh four tons; can't imagine how it was put in place.
Written November 25, 2017
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limreyinfinite
Tokyo, Japan9 contributions
Good spot to walk around
Nov 2017 • Solo
This shrine is really a good place to walk. Even though the distance is quite far from the station or the main street, it is worth going. You can enjoy the sights around as well. I went there when it was a bit raining, but it was still good since I was still able to enjoy the view. It is a good place, but not that crowded. So I definitely recommend this place for the people who really wants to walk around in a quite environment, enjoying the view.
Written November 18, 2017
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asianwanderlustblog
Bali, Indonesia28 contributions
Magical place!
Nov 2017 • Solo
If you want to get married, it's the place to be. :) Yaegaki shrine is a famous place for match-making so many couples visit it. I loved the mirror pond inside the forest next to the shrine, such a peaceful place.
Written November 9, 2017
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fionayyy
Hong Kong, China218 contributions
the "relationship" shrine
Mar 2017 • Friends
Its not a big shrine, but well know for "relationships". For 100yen, you can get a piece of "paper" where you can put in the "Mirror pond" near by, put a coin on top , there will be words appearing (somewhat like a "divination"). The faster the paper and coin drops to the bottom of the pond, the faster it will come true.
Written April 6, 2017
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Chuzaa
Vancouver, Canada3,514 contributions
The Yaegaki Jinja Shrine
Apr 2016 • Family
It took about 25 minutes from the Matsue Castle by car to the Yaegaki Shrine. Without help by GPS, it could be a little tricky to get here by simply following the road signs. Parking wasn't a problem here.

The Yaegaki Shrine enshrines two ancient Japanese deities Susano’o and his wife Kushinada. Susanoo is the youngest brother of Amaterasu (Sun Goddess), the most revered mythological character of Japan. Her shrine is the Grand Shrine of Ise, the Imperial Shrine of Japan. Since Susanoo fell in love at first sight with Kushinada in this area of Izumo, the shrine is considered one of the most suitable spots for young couples to pledge their love to each other or for singles pray for a best possible future partner in life.

Within the shrine complex, they have a stone plaque with a waka poem by Susano’o that is considered to be the oldest poem of this kind. After saving Kushinada from the dreadful Yamata no Orochi (Eight-headed Serpent), they got married and settled down here. Susanoo wrote:

八雲立つ yakumo tatsu
出雲八重垣 Izumo yaegaki
妻籠めに tsuma-gomi ni
八重垣作る yaegaki tsukuru
その八重垣を sono yaegaki o

The tall clouds emerge;
The heavy fences of Izumo
Those clouds form an ‘eight-layered fence’ to
Defend the palace for you and me;
That ‘eight-layered fence’ of clouds emerging in Izumo
Written October 26, 2016
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nakajimah
Bagneux, France1,034 contributions
1100 year old wall paintings
Apr 2015 • Solo
The shrine is popular due to the gods of "En musubi" and I saw there a lot of female visitors. I visited the famous wall pictures painted about 1100 years ago, showing the figures of 6 gods. I appreciated them. The entrance fee was 100 Yen thanks to the 3 days ticket.
Written May 22, 2015
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XxParisiennexX
159 contributions
Modest & religious place
This shrine is modest. One of great god (Susano o no mikoto. Husband) & goddes (Inada hime. Wife) are enshrined. Famous as "Sacred power spot" especially for Japanese young women, because of belief that a good match will be coming if they pray there.
If you buy a special paper at shrine shop and go float it on a small pond (called "Kagami no ike" meaning Mirror's pond) at backyard (less 5min.walk) with a coin (like 10 JPY coin) in center of paper top, it is believed that the sinking speed tells you how soon a good match will come to you.
Sinking around 2-3min in early case, sometime more than 15min...
Some advises from god can be seen when you float it on the water surface, which is totally in Japanese.
Written January 1, 2014
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Yaegaki Shrine is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM