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    Kandoji Temple
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  • Kandoji Temple
    Kandoji Temple
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  • Kandoji Temple
    Kandoji Temple
    by Rabbityama

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    by Rabbityama Written Apr 10, 2014

    Kandoji Temple is the 23rd temple of the Chugoku Thirty-Three Temple Kannon Pilgrimage. It has had a relationship with Izumo Shrine since hundreds of years ago. It's a small temple. It is a rather small temple that is probably only of interest to those doing the pilgrimage. There are only a few buildings here and a temple bell. It's one of the least impressive/interesting temples of the pilgrimage, but it's easily accessible. It's about a 15-20 minute walk from Izumoshi Station.

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    by Rabbityama Updated Nov 10, 2009

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    As the second holiest Shinto shrine after Ise Shrine, Izumo Shrine is an excellent place for those who enjoy visiting holy sites. The shrine is located at the end of a long path through a forested area full of monuments and a lake. Once you reach the shrine, the area opens up and the shrine stands boldly as the backdrop, calling attention to itself. The honden is quite impressive for its size, style, and beauty. The shrine is built in the taisha-style of architecture, which is the oldest of all shrine architectural styles. The current shrine dates back to the 1700s however, the shrine has extensive history, as it was even mentioned in the Kojiki. Pilgrimages were made to the shrine from far away, and it is believed that all of the Shinto gods congregate inside the honden during the month of October.

    To the right of the shrine is an excellent museum about the shrine. To the left of the honden you'll find a smaller part of the shrine, which is famous for having the largest Shimenawa rope in the nation (weighing about 5 tons). Try tossing a coin into it: if you can get them to stick, you will have good luck!

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    by kevarms Updated Nov 11, 2006

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    The second most important Shinto shrine in Japan, Izumo Taisha was built mostly in the 18th century, although there has been a religious site here for hundreds of years. All 8 million Shinto gods gather here annually, which must be quite a crowd! The shrine is dedicated to Okuninushi-no-kami, the god of love, and is popular for couples.
    The inner temple often has ceremonies taking place. Although a fee is needed to take part, visitors can watch from outside for free.

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Izumo Hotels

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  • Izumo Green Hotel Morris

    2-3-4 Ekiminamimachi, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, 693-0003, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Sunnube

    1-2548-1 Nishishinmachi, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, 693-0037, Japan

    Good for: Couples

  • Marine Thaiasso Izumo

    859-1 Takicho Taki, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, 699-0902, Japan

    Good for: Business

  • Izumo Royal Hotel

    831 Watarihashicho, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, 693-0004, Japan

    Good for: Business

  • Hirata Maple Hotel

    2451 Hiratacho, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, 691-0001, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Alpha One Izumo

    971-3 Imaichicho, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, 693-0001, Japan

    Good for: Couples

  • Super Hotel Izumoekimae

    1-3-3 Eki Minamimachi, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, 693-0008, Japan

    Good for: Solo

  • Tokyu Inn Izumo-ekimae

    971-13 Imaichicho, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, 693-0001, Japan

    Good for: Families

  • Izumo Forest Hotel

    1-53-2 Otsu Shinzaki-cho, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, 693-0012, Japan

    Good for: Couples

Izumo Transportation

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    Izumo Station

    by Rabbityama Updated Nov 10, 2009

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    There are two different lines that travel to Izumo.

    If you are travelling from Matsue and wish to visit Izumo Shrine, the Ichibata Railway will take you within walking distance of the shrine.

    Alternatively, you can travel to Izumoshi Station (from the east or west). Ichibata Railway has a station here, as well, although it runs infrequently. There are also buses from the station that will take you to Izumo Shrine. If you travel to Izumo by bus, you will arrive here at Izumoshi Station.

    As a sidenote, the entrance to Izumoshi Station is built to mimic that of the taisha architectural style. (See photo)

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Izumo Local Customs

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    by Rabbityama Written Nov 10, 2009

    The way to pray at Izumo Shrine is different from the way you pray at all other shrines! It's not difficult, though. Instead of clapping twice, you clap four times. Why? This is because Izumo Shrine is associated with marriage, so you clap for yourself and for your partner (or future partner).

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Izumo Off The Beaten Path

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    Hinomisaki Lighthouse

    by kevarms Written Nov 11, 2006

    At just under 40 metres, this is said to be the tallest brick-built lighthouse in Asia. Visitors can climb the spiral stairs for a great view of the stunning coastline and nearby islands.

    Opening Hours:
    Apr-Sep 8.30-6.00
    Oct-Mar 9.00-4.30

    To get there may be tricky if you don't speak Japanese, but you probably need to take a bus from Izumo.

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