Improve your fortune while traveling Japan! Tourist attractions that bring good fortune and benefits (Kansai Area)
Throughout Japan, there are many shrines that are popular sightseeing places where they are said “to make one’s wish comes true upon praying,” or “that one can have better luck.” Why not visit these spiritual power spots and energize yourself inside and out? Here, we introduce you to some shrines when travelling in Kansai area. If your wish comes true, don’t forget to go back to the shrine gods to thank them.
Ise Jingu Shrine—where Japan’s supreme deity is enshrined (Mie Prefecture)
The Naiku (inner shrine) is dedicated to a supreme deity Amaterasu Omikami, who reigns over all the sacred gods and deities from different parts of Japan. This inner shrine and 124 more shrines make up the 2,000 year old Ise Jingu Shrine, a spiritual home to the people of Japan. From ancient times, it has been customary to first visit Geku (outer shrine) dedicated to Toyouke Omikami, the goddess of industry, then cross the Ujihashi Bridge and walk around the Naiku. In recent times, this pilgrimage has come to be known as “Oise-mairi,” with many people visiting from all over Japan. The pilgrimage is depicted in the Edo period novel Tokaidochu Hizakurige (English title Shank’s Mare). The grounds, lush with greenery, have so many places to see that it can’t possibly be done in a day.
●Ise Jingu Shrine
●0596-24-1111 (shrine secretariat) ●1 Ujitachi-cho, Ise City, Mie Prefecture
●5:00-18:00 (January-April and September), 5:00-19:00 (May-August), 5:00-17:00 (October-December) ●No holidays
Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine—a shrine always loved by the people of Osaka (Osaka Prefecture)
The main shrine of this national treasure was built in 1810 in the style of oldest Shinto architecture. You will find auxiliary shrines and subordinate shrines that are deeply associated with the Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine, which is said to bring good fortune in terms of safe travel, performing arts, etc. Far inside the grounds of Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine, there stands a camphor tree that is a thousand years old. The tree is believed to have mystical powers, and has been worshipped by many.
●06-6672-0753 ●2-9-89, Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
●6:00-17:00 (April-September), 6:30-17:00 (October-March) ●no holidays
Kasuga-taisha Shrine—Enjoy the beauty in a thousand years of history (Nara Prefecture)
Photo: Nara Visitors Bureau
Established 1,300 years ago when Nara was the capital of Japan, Kasuga-taisha Shrine is the headquarter of all the Kasuga Shrines scattered across Japan, and is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for its numerous hanging lanterns along vermilion-lacquered corridors. A traditional event called Mantoro Festival, is carried out every year on February 3 and August 14-15 when thousands of lanterns are lit all at once. On the grounds, there are shrines that are dedicated to gods of marriage or gods that cure illnesses, and many more.
Photo: Nara Visitors Bureau
●0742-22-7788 ●160 Kasugano-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture
●6:00-18:00 (April-September), 6:30-17:00 (October-March), Special admission to the front of the Main Sanctuary: 9:00-16:00
●Closed around March 8-13, around December 20-January 7, during special ceremonies, and opening hours may vary depending on ceremony or event
* The above information was last updated October 18, 2016. For further details, please contact the facility directly.
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