If you are they typical traveler with not much knowledge on shrines (same situation with cathedrals in Europe), it might be 'just another shrine' to you besides the fact that is it placed in an incredibly tranquil and beautiful forest. I, on the other hand, really enjoyed it since I was studying it anyway. It's one of the most sacred shrines in Japan (with Izumo Shrine) and you can tell: I was basically the only tourist that I could see. Everyone else was there I'm presuming as a pilgrimage, and they were all Japanese. It is clearly a sacred place. When I went, the new shrine (build next to the old one every 20 years) was in the process of construction, so it was interesting to see the two next to each other. It has a sacred, quiet feel, so I would necessarily recommend bringing children or immature people when others are trying to pray.
I think you should definitely go if you're good with the train and bus systems (because I'm not kidding when I say it's in the smack dab middle of desolate Japan), and want to enjoy a full day of traversing the countryside. Luckily, Meoto Iwa (Wedded Rocks) are relatively near by bus, as is a nice little village area for shopping/touristy things.
!!!! One more thing-- the bus taking you around the shrine and nearby areas stops around 6pm...so you better make sure you leave before then..or else you'll be stuck wandering around in the rain with no one to help like I did. FUN!
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