• Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社)

    A symbol of Izumo in the country of the gods, 'Izumo Taisha'

'Izumo Taisha (出雲大社)' is a symbol of Izumo in the country of the gods. It is enshrined god of 'Ōkuninushi no kami (大国主大神)'. Here, 2 million people visit per year. People pray good relationship, matchmaking.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社)

'Ōtorii (大鳥居)'. 'Seidamari (勢溜)' is road of approach to a Izumo Taisha shrine.

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Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) Ōtorii

This road is down approach.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) Ōtorii

Bronze statue of the 'Hare of Inaba' and young 'Ōkuninushi no kami (大国主大神)' exists left side of approach.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) Bronze statue

The statue is a one scene of 'Hare of Inaba (因幡の白ウサギ)' episode.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) Bronze statue

* japanese myth mythology

Also at the right side, Another bronze statue of 'Ōkuninushi no kami (大国主大神)'.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) Bronze statue

The statue is a one scene of Kojiki (古事記), episode when young 'Ōkuninushi no kami (大国主大神)' awarded various things from gods. (Records of Ancient Matters) .

These are few part of many 'Izumo Taisha (出雲大社)' photos.

This is "Chozuya (手水舎)". Be sure to wash your hands before entering the god area.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) Chozuya

Manner of Chozuya (手水舎)

* In this process, carried out with one dipper-full of water!!

  1. Put water in "Ladle" which is placed in the Temizuya.
  2. Holding Ladle in your right hand, wash your left hand.
  3. next, wash your right hand.
  4. Put water in the left hand and move to mouth, wash the mouth.
  5. Hold the Ladle vertically so remaining water runs down and clean the handle.

This is a general usage Manner.

Bronze Torii (銅鳥居). It's 6m (19.7feet) high, 52cm (1.7feet) diameter.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) Bronze Torii

The 'Haiden (拝殿)' is a most biggest wooden building from after the war.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) Haiden

This 'Haiden (拝殿)' is built in 1959.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) Haiden

Prayer manners of 'Izumo Taisha (出雲大社)' are different from other shrines.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) Haiden

Izumo Taisha (出雲大社) manner of worship

  1. Let's put a coin in the saisen box.
  2. Twice, bow your head and let's say a deep greeting.
  3. Match your hands at the chest height, clap 4 times, and pray to the god.
  4. Finally, let's bow again and say a deep greeting once.

'Ōshimenawa (大注連縄)' of Haiden (拝殿). It's called 'Shime nawa', a sacred rope.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) Shime nawa

'Yatsuashimon gate (八足門)'.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) Yatsuashimon

You can pray to 'Honden (本殿 / main shrine) from a front side.

Until in here the normal visit.
But you can visit to 'Ro-mon Gate (楼門)' only 5 days of the New Year.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) Yatsuashimon

'Juku sha (十九社)' in right side of 'Yatsuashimon gate (八足門)'. The gods get up to bed in this shrine.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) Juku sha

The 'Honden (本殿)' is protected by 3 fences.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) Honden

That is called 'Aragaki (荒垣)' and 'Mizugaki (瑞垣)', 'Tamagaki (玉垣)'.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社)

'Soga no yashiro (素鵞社)'. Located behind the 'Honden (本殿)'.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) 素鵞社

It is enshrined 'Susanoo no mikoto (素鵞鳴尊)' was famous who killed 'Yamata no orochi'.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) 素鵞社

'Susanoo no mikoto (素鵞鳴尊)' is father of 'Ōkuninushi no kami (大国主大神)'.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (出雲大社) 素鵞社

Some people feel a very strong power.

[IZUMO-SHI] Izumo Taisha (出雲大社)

  • Address : 195, Taisyachokizukihigashi, Izumo-shi, Shimane
  • Phone : 0853-53-3100
  • Time : 8:00am - 17:00
  • Admission fee : Free
  • Access : [1] Airport shuttle bus : izumo Airport -- Izumo Taisha. (About 50 minutes)
    [2] JR Izumo City Station (No.1 bus stop) : Izumo City Station --(Ichibata bus) -- Izumo Taisha.
    [3] Ichibata Electric train : Matsue Shinji-ko Onsen St (Kitamatsue-line) Kawato St. Kawato St (Taisha-line) Izumo Taisha-mae St. *a 5-minute walk from the Izumo Taisha-mae St.
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