Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine

A shrine known for granting luck and love that’s also said to draw all the gods from across Japan.

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Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine is one of the most revered, ancient shrines in Japan, along with Ise-jingu Shrine. Its records go as far back as writings from the Kojiki, Japan’ oldest historical account compiled in 712. The deity enshrined here is Okuninushi no Okami, who is known as the deity of love and marriage.

The front of the kagura-den hall boasts the famous “oshimenawa” rope. Measured at 13-meters long and a weight of 5.2 tons, it’s one of Japan’s largest sacred cords. The main hall was reconstructed in 1744 using ancient shrine architectural styles that earned a status of “National Treasure”. On the grounds you’ll also find 4 torii gates, a sando promenade lined with 400+ year-old pines, and the largest national flag in Japan.

According to tradition, October is called “Kannazuki” or (lit. “the month of no gods”), because all of the gods are said to leave their shrines and gather at Izumo Taisha. For the locals of Izumo, October is known as “Kamiarizuki” (month of gods) because they are said to draw near here. There are many worshippers who visit the shrine in October because its believed you can pray to any of the gods across Japan at one place.
About 1 kilometer west of Izumo Taisha shrine is Inasa Beach, which is said to be the waiting place for the gods during this sacred season.

Izumo Taisha shrine is deeply related to the Japanese myth The White Rabbit of Inaba, which is why you can find many cute, stone statues of rabbits dotted across the shrine grounds.

Highlights

  • The official name of the shrine is “Izumo Oyashiro”, but most people read it as “Izumo Taisha”.
  • The god Okuninushi no Okami, the god of love and marriage is enshrined here. Many people come here to pray for good fortunes outside of love as well.
  • This shrine is especially busy in October as it its believed to be the month when all gods across Japan gather here.
  • The oshimenawa rope at the Kagura-den is one of the biggest in all Japan.
  • Unlike other shrines, the etiquette when visiting here is to bow twice, clip 4 times, then bow once.

Photos

  • The “haiden” worship hall.

    The “haiden” worship hall.

  • The “Kagura-den”, hall of sacred dance and music.

    The “Kagura-den”, hall of sacred dance and music.

  • The “honden” main hall.

    The “honden” main hall.

  • The second torii gate.

    The second torii gate.

  • The main “sando” promenade.

    The main “sando” promenade.

  • Inasa Beach

    Inasa Beach

  • Stone statues of rabbits dotted across the shrine grounds

    Stone statues of rabbits dotted across the shrine grounds

  • Stone statues of rabbits dotted across the shrine grounds

    Stone statues of rabbits dotted across the shrine grounds

  • oshimenawa rope

    oshimenawa rope

Reviews

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  • ゆき

    很乾淨又舒服的大社,建築物顯得很神聖,來出雲參拜洗滌心靈。

  • Tim 天

    這邊的御守訂的價格好貴!

  • 王鈺婷

    不只是只有注連繩受矚目,就連山門也顯得很有氣勢。

  • 孫維昭

    又粗又重的注連繩高掛在正殿上方,展現出無比的氣勢,來到島根縣一定要拜訪的神社。

  • 張紋娟

    來這邊參拜結善緣,有好多兔子像好可愛。

  • 千心

    賣御守的服務人員態度很不屑,對於外國遊客不應該用這種方式。

  • 張立仁

    這是日本非常著名而且相當具有神聖地位的神社,門口的大鳥居顯得氣勢磅礴,神樂殿的注連繩重達5噸也是絕無僅有,出雲大社有相當多的看點可以欣賞。

  • ChenChen1983

    來島根縣一定要來拜的神社,也是日本最出名的求姻緣神社,尤其是重達五噸的注連繩是有名的標的物。

  • 文文

    弄不清出雲大社拜拜的方式,看到當地日本人拜法和我不一樣,搞得我手忙腳亂,相信心誠則靈🙏神明應該不會和我生氣😅

  • 陳采兒

    出雲大社以結緣之神而聞名,相當於拜台灣的月老,每年這邊的參拜人數相當多,神樂殿的注連繩規模大有震撼力。

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Details

Name in Japanese
出雲大社
Postal Code
699-0701
Address
195 Taishachokizukihigashi, Izumo City, Shimane
Tel
0853-53-3100
Hours
6:00am-8:00pm
Regular Holidays
None
Admission
Free
Access
7 min. walk from Izumotaisha-mae station on the Ichibata Electric Railway
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)