Izumo Shrine

Izumo Shrine

Izumo Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Shimane prefecture in Chugoku district. The shrine is dedicated to Okuninushi no Mikoto ( the god of land, wealth, medicine and encouragement of new industry ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan) , and was occupying the highest rank among the shrines of a province.This shrine is famous for the main hall designated as a national treasure.

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Name Izumo Shrine
"出雲大社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 195, Taisyachokizukihigashi, Izumo-shi, Shimane, Japan
"島根県出雲市大社町杵築東195" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 15-minute drive from the Izumo I.C. on the Sanin Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0853-53-3100

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Shimenawa

Shimenawa (標縄・注連縄・七五三縄, "enclosing rope") are lengths of laid rice straw or hemp rope used for ritual purification in the Shinto religion. They can vary in diameter from a few centimetres to several metres, and are often seen festooned with shide. A space bound by shimenawa often indicates a sacred or pure space, such as that of a Shinto shrine.

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