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  • Osaki Hachimangu Shrine
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Hachiman 4-6-1
    This is a shrine created in 1607 by the feudal lord Masamune Date. The shaden, comprised of the honden (or inner sanctuary), ainoma (which is also called ishinoma-zukuri) passageway, and haiden (or hall of worship) was designated as a National Treasure in 1952 for being the only remaining structure of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. Worshippers deeply believe that the deity enshrined here wards off evil and calamities and invites good luck, as well as helps to gain victory or have easy childbirth. It is known for its Matsutaki Matsuri festival, the largest New Year’s event in all of Japan. New Year’s decorations and amulets are burned and the event is also called Dondo-yaki because of the intensity of the fire. The shrine is also famous for its “Hadaka Mairi” when half-naked worshippers form a procession to the shrine in the winter. Visitors can access the shrine by taking a bus that leaves from in front of Sendai Station, getting off at the Osaki Hachimangu-Mae stop and walking for five minutes.

    Im a big fan of shrines and one year I went into every shrine I saw walking around Tokyo for a month. For some reason it felt like something was missing. It might be because they were setting up for...

  • Takekoma-jinja Shrine
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    Miyagi Pref. Iwanumashi Inarichou 1-1
    Inari Shrine in the center of Iwanuma City, is located about an 11 minute walk from Iwanuma Station. It is regarded as one of Japan’s three main Inari shrines, and is also known as “Takekoma Inari”. The shrine was established in 842, when Ono no Takamura was sent as the new lord of Mutsu who also wrote for the ogura hyakunin-isshu poems. It is a popular shrine with the first or second most visitors worshipping the god of food, clothing and shelter for the first prayer of the year every year. In addition, the “Hatsu Uma Festival” is held for seven days from the first Uma (horse) day (the seventh day of the twelve horary signs) of February (lunar calendar). The festival represents the first sign of spring and the shrine bustles with many visitors from both within and outside the prefecture.

    We were in Iwanuma to celebrate our sons wedding at this shrine. Few words can describe the overall experience of celebrating a traditional Japanese wedding at one of the most stunning shrines in...

  • Kanahebisui-jinja Shrine (Golden Snake Shrine)
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    Miyagi Pref. Iwanumashi Miroyoshi Suijin 7
    This shrine, located about 10 minutes by car from Iwanuma Station that worships the god of golden snakes. It has been introduced by the media as a power spot for good fortune, and has gathered faith since long ago as a god of business prosperity, good fortune with money, warding off evil and bringing luck, as well as maritime safety. In the precincts there is a historic peony garden with 1,500 bushes planted, in the season of colorful wisteria and azalea in the middle of May, the “Flower Festival” is held and the shrine is crowded with many visitors. Also, there is a soba kitchen using shrine underwater spring water to make freshly made soba noodles that visitors can enjoy in the rest area.
  • Jusozan Monjudo
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Hachiman 6-10-18
    This temple was founded by Mine Hachibe Nagahide, retainer of Date Masamune and master of this region at the time. This is one of Sendai’s Junishi-no-Omamori Honzon (gods and saints likened to the Oriental Zodiac), and is said to watch over those born in the year of the rabbit. The area at the top of the 108 steps is dotted with rabbit statues of all sizes. The main temple roof is decorated with a rare figure of two rabbits doing handstands. There are also 33 Washizu Kannon statues, installed in commemoration of 400 years since the temple was founded.
  • Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangu Shrine
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Miyagino-ku Tsutsujigaoka 105-3
    This shrine is a three-minute walk from the JR Senseki Line's Tsutsujigaoka Station. It honors Tenijn, a god of scholarship and the deified form of Sugawara no Michizane. Loved by the locals, every year during exam season it fills with students and their parents praying for success. There are a number of stone stele with haiku carved on them on the precincts, including one by Matsuo Basho. There's also a nade-ushi statue of a cow tied to a legend concerning Sugawara no Michizane. Lots of visitors come annually to see various flowers in bloom, like cherry blossoms, azaleas, and Sugawara no Michizane's beloved plum blossoms.

    仙台駅から東方向へ徒歩圏内、小高い丘の上にあります。「杜の都の天神さま」で、境内には「撫で牛」があります。

  • Akiu Shrine
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Taihaku-ku Akiumachinagafukuro Shimizukubokita 22
    Akiu Shrine is located right at the center of Akiu Sato in Sendai City. It's said that the deity of Kumano-jinja Shrine was first brought here over 1,200 years ago when the shogun Sakanoue no Tamuramaro subjugated the Emishi in the year 808. In the Muromachi period, the shrine came to be associated with a war god, and today it's honored by a flow of visitors from around the country for help winning contests and games. An unusual persimmon tree on the grounds is also enshrined as a god of matchmaking. Other sacred trees include a gingko dedicated to childrearing, a lucky cherry tree, and a luster-leaf holly tree with matchmaking powers.

    秋保は何度も訪れたことがありますが、この神社を参拝するのは初めてです。勝負の神ということで、スポーツチームなどが多数参拝しているようでした。七福神の背後にも勝負の神ののぼりが並んでいました。もはや、なんでもありです。

  • Shiogama-jinja Shrine
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    Miyagi Pref. Watarigunwatarichou Okumakouya Maehara 65
    This shrine is near the Tori-no-umi Parking Area. Its primary deities are Shiotsuchiojinokami, Takemikazuchi-no-mikoto, and Futsunushi-no-mikoto. In 1615 the wandering samurai Ito Saburozaemon first taught salt making in the Sendai area and was appointed the guardian of the tradition. In that role, it's said he started the spread of Shiogama-jinja Shrine in the region. It's located in an idyllic rural environment and features a long walkway. In the wake of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, the pine trees surrounding the shrine perished, but have been replaced by tairyo-zakura cherry trees.
  • Shiogama-jinja Shrine
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    Miyagi Pref. Shiogamashi Ichimoriyama 1-1
    Shiogama-jinja Shrine is known for its shiogama cherry tree that has been designated as a Natural Monument of Japan. The main enshrined deities are Shiotsuchinooji, Takemikazuchi-no-kami and Futsunushi-no-kami, but the details before the Edo period are not very clear. Construction of the current shaden (main building) was completed in 1704, and 14 buildings including the honden (main shrine) and haiden (hall of worship) and the stone torii gate have been designated as National Important Cultural Properties. The deities are believed to answer a variety of prayers including those for safety at sea, success in catching fish, protection and easy delivery during childbirth, traffic safety, and for protection against misfortune. The deities are revered by the locals, and regardless of the type of prayer they will make their way to this shrine.

    塩竈神社の境内にある博物館。入口前に鯨の骨と捕鯨砲が展示されています。こちらの博物館には仙台藩の歴代藩主からの奉納太刀が35口保管されていて、いくつか常設展示されています。また、年に数回奉納太刀の特別展が開かれているようです。常設展は入館料200円です。

  • Aoba-jinja Shrine
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    Miyagi Sendai-shi Aoba-ku Aobamachi 7-1
    "A seven minute walk from Kita-Sendai Station on the JR Senzan Line and Sendai Subway Namboku Line. This Shinto shrine was established in 1874 and is dedicated to Date Masamune (known as Takefuruhiko-no-Mikoto), former lord of the bygone Sendai Domain. The shrine holds the Sendai Aoba Festival on the third Sunday in May each year in honor of the anniversary of Masamune's death on May 25. Six of the shrine's structures, including the main shrine building and front shrine, have been designated National Tangible Cultural Properties. The Toki no Taiko (""Drum of Time""), one of the shrine's treasures kept in the front shrine, was made some 300 years ago and is still used to announce the time each morning in Sendai."

    北仙台から歩いて行ける神社でした。伊達政宗公を祀ってる神社です。住宅街から神社に入るとそんな感じは全くせず雰囲気がすごい。御朱印もいただけました。

  • Sendai Toshogu Shrine
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Toushougu 1-6-1
    "This Shinto shrine, located next to Toshogu Station on the JR Senzan Line, is one of many Toshogu shrines dedicated to the great shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu built across the country. Established in 1654 by Date Tadamune, the second lord of the domain, the shrine is believed to grant worshippers better luck, protection from misfortune, familial tranquility, success in academic endeavors, business prosperity, and certain victory in competitions. Out of the many Toshogu shrines across the country, only the Sendai Toshogu Shrine and the Toshogu shrine in Nikko have main shrine buildings which are adorned with decorations made of the ""seven treasures"" - gold, silver, pearl, silver, agate, lapis lazuli, crystal, and coral. The main shrine building, along with several other structures on the grounds such as the Karamon gate which is only opened during the shrine's annual festival on April 17, are designated National Important Cultural Properties."

    Quiet spot not too far from centre of town with some attractive buildings. Monthly antique/flea market.

  • Tsuriishi Shrine
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    Miyagi Pref. Ishinomakishi Kitakamichoujusanhama Shoubuta 305
    Approximately 40 minutes from the Kawakita Interchange off the Sanriku Expressway, this shrine is known as the shrine of wisdom and academic knowledge in which the Amenokoyane god is enshrined. The shrine gets its name from its object of worship, which is an immense rock that appears as though it is hanging from ropes in midair. It gained popularity as the god of academic entrance examinations, because it may seem as though you will fail but you won’t, when the cords of the rock did not fail but the rock did not fall and survived the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and many other disasters. Every year from mid-December the new year’s decorations of a large hoop, an Ashi-no-Wa, and gate post decorations made from special reeds are placed at the entrance as a welcome to many worshipers.

    受験生に大人気の石巻の神社です。 宮城県沖地震)(1978年)・東日本大震災(2011年)と二度に渡る震災にも巨石が耐え「落ちそうで落ちない受験の神」として日本全国から参拝される方が増え続けている超人気神社です。 お正月に訪れたので、葦の輪が有り蘇民将来の古事に習い、この輪をくぐりぬけることで「身が清まり罪穢れは払われ、心願成就する」との思いが込められて居るそうです。 ヨシの輪は北上川に自生してい...

  • Large Shrine Gate
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    Miyagi Katta-gun
    This shrine gate is located in Oniishihara, Togattaonsen, Zao Town, Katta County. It stands over the entrance to the Zao Echo Line on the Miyagi Prefecture side of this road that connects Zao Town in Miyagi Prefecture to Kaminoyama City in Yamagata Prefecture. The massive vermilion-lacquered shrine gate also serves as the entrance of the approach to Kattamine Shrine, which stands at the summit of Mt. Katta.
  • Kattamine Shrine
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    Miyagi Katta-gun Zao Machi Togattaonsennakamachi 1
    This shrine is located at the summit of Mount Katta, in Kuraishidakekokuyuchinai Togattaonsen, Zao, Katta District. Amanomikumari no kami and Kuninomikumari no kami are enshrined here. In the winter, the rear shrine is relocated from the summit of the mountain to the Satomiya at the foot of the mountain.
  • Koganeyama-jinja Shrine
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    Miyagi Ishinomaki-shi Ayukawahama Kinkasan 5
    This shrine is located in Kinkasan, Ayukawahama, Ishinomaki City. The shrine was built in celebration of the discovery of the first gold mine in Japan in 749 in what is now Wakuya Town. The first gold mined there was then presented to the imperial court. The shrine, which stands on Mt. Kinkaoff the shores of the Oshika Peninsula, enshrines Kanayamahiko-no-kami and Kanayamahime-no-kami, the Shinto deities of gold. The shrine has also venerated the Buddhist deity Benzaiten ever since the age of syncretism of kami and buddhas. Many have come to worship Benzaiten as the deity of luck and economic fortune.

    During my husband went to visit the Kinkasan island , There are a lot of deer, I went shopping in ishinomaki near the river where there is a shop very close to manga museum where there is local food...

  • Nonaka Shrine
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    Miyagi Sendai-shi Aoba-ku Ichibancho 2-7-18
    This shrine is inconspicuously installed in the back alley of a shopping district in Ichibancho 2-Chome, Aoba Ward, Sendai City. It is said that the shrine was installed on top of the hole where the rope used to partition land for the new castle town of Sendai Castle was buried. The shrine holds the Ichibancho Sansha Festival in late July together with the nearby Ebisu Shrine and Warei Shrine.
  • Mutsu Sosha no Miya Shrine
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    Miyagi Tagajo-shi Ichikawa Sosha 1
    A shrine in Ichikawa Sosha, Tagajo City. The shrine is said to have been founded in the first half of the 10th century and enshrines over 100 gods of the Mutsu Province. They hold a festival every year on the third Sunday of April and after a Shinto ritual a portable shrine is carried through the local area.
  • Kumano Nachi Jinja Shrine
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    Miyagi Natori-shi Takadateyoshida Tateyama 8
    A set of shrines and temples atop the peak of Mt. Takadate with the view of the Natori Plain, Sendai Port, Yuriage Beach, and the Sendai Airport spreading out before your eyes. There are six enshrined deities including HaguroHiryuu-no-Okami and Kumano Husumi-no-Okami. It's said that long ago an old woman Natori transferred of the main three Kumano deities to a new location, enshrined a division of the Nachi deity with the three Kumano deities together, and renamed the shrine the Kumano Nachi Jinja Shrine. On the shrine grounds is a large cedar tree that splits into two separate trunks and represents the ideal of bonds and has gained fame as parishioners pray to the tree for marriage. When the front shrine was being relocated in 1898 they discovered the Kumano Nachi Jinja Bronze Mirror which includes a bust of the Buddha and it dated back to the Kamakura/Muromachi period. It has been designated a Tangible Cultural Property of Japan with regards to artistic handicraft.
  • Yamanokamisha Shrine
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    Miyagi Toda-gun Misatomachi
  • Iino Yama Shrine
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    Miyagi Ishinomaki-shi Iino Miyashita Kita 134
  • kyorakuin dainichido
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Ichibanchou 1-12-40

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Lying along the northeastern coast of Japan, Miyagi prefecture is home to lashings of natural parks, oysters, and hot springs. While the bustling city of Sendai offers some simple city entertainment, it’s the Matsushima islands that deserve the most attention, having boosted the prefecture’s reputation as one of Japan’s most scenic views.

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