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“Great scenic spot with "seaside" ambiance...and lots of tourists!”
Review of Meotoiwa

Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
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91 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
“Great scenic spot with "seaside" ambiance...and lots of tourists!”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

Meoto Iwa ("Wedded Rocks") is considered sacred; the two rocks are bound with a shimenawa (rice straw rope) next to the Futami Okitama Shrine dedicated to food goddess Miketsu (you will find numerous frog statues around the shrine). The rocks are said to represent the union of Izanagi and Izanami. The larger (male) rock has a small torii on top. It's certainly desireable to be on the beach for sunrise for an amazing photo; your view of the rocks also depends on the tide. I went mid-morning at low tide, and managed to get some decent photos.

Close to Meoto Iwa is a small aquarium (Futami Sea Paradise) and many souvenir shops selling local foods, "pearl"-themed gifts, etc. It's kind of fun to wander through the shops; it reminded me of childhood visits to Ocean City, Maryland. There's a boardwalk with great views of the coast. When I visited Futami Okitama Shrine, there was some kind of religious event underway, which was interesting to watch. This is a great way to spend a couple of hours if you happen to be visiting Toba / Ise; it's only a short (30-minute) bus ride from Toba via the CAN Bus. Meoto Iwa is also fairly close to the Grand Shrine of Ise, which is also worth a trip.

Visited May 2012
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Nagoya, Japan
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“postcard perfect but beware of the waves”
Reviewed June 11, 2012

this is best to visit at sunset.... as an attraction near the sea expect that sometimes waves spillover the breakway to wet you up...no fees needed

Visited January 2012
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Fredericton, Canada
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“Very unique trip”
Reviewed January 19, 2012

This spot is really unique, it isn't a typical temple or shrine site. The walk along the water to get to the married rocks is really nice. We were there just as the sun was setting, and the lights from the town gave it a really mysterious atmosphere. There were little frog statues all along the walk to the rocks, and giant clam shells, and a tiny little torii on top of the rocks! So unique, it was a very enjoyable trip. It was VERY windy, so dress warmly. There are lots of great onsen in the area as well, and it was a great way to end the day.

Visited February 2011
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