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  • Kashima-jingu Shrine
    279 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Kashimashi Kyuchu 2306-1
    An ancient Shinto shrine located in Kashima City, Ibaraki Prefecture said to have been founded in 660 BCE. The oldest shrine in the Kanto area, it is also the head shrine of all 600 or so Kashima shrines nationwide. The spacious grounds, equivalent to 15 Tokyo Domes, are dotted with highlights such as the main shrine building, a two tier shrine gate considered one of the three most beautiful in Japan, the mystical Sazareishi stone, and a treasure house containing a straight sword designated a National Treasure. The shrine is famous for its aquatic boat festival held once every twelve years in the Year of the Horse.

    The shrine is considered as one of the three most important shrines in the Kanto area and is said to have been founded in the 6th century B.C.in the era of the legendary emperor Jimmu. The forest is...

  • Oarai Isosaki Jinja
    151 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 6890
    The Oarai Isosaki Jinja is a shrine in Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture, that venerates Ohonamuchi-no-mikoto and Sukunahikona-no-mikoto. The worship hall for the presiding god—a protector of domestic safety and safe naval passage—demonstrates the architectural style of early Edo period, and has been designated a prefectural cultural property. Also, the Kamiiso torii gate praised by Mitsukuni Tokugawa is first among big torii in the Kanto region, and is set on rocks in the sea, for a great view during sunrise and sunset. Shrine worship deals with the ocean, so the Oarai Sea Museum is located nearby.

    We love the place because so mysterious especially sunset time is so nice! Just be careful when you climbt hose rocks.

  • Tsukubasan-jinja Shrine
    142 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Tsukuba 1-1
    Tsukubasan-jinja Shrine enshrines the spirits of Mt. Tsukuba, a holy mountain in the eastern Kanto region. Its mention in 25 of the poems in the Nara period collection of poems the Manyoshu shows that it was well known even then but its history is said to stretch back almost 3,000 years. Tsukuba’s god and goddess Izanagi and Izanami give benefits towards marriages and harmonious unions. Many visitors come to the shrine for the New Year’s Eve and New Year festivals.

    Quite a drive to get here but some breathtaking views. Locals trying to get you to use their car parking was very confusing. We used the public car park 500 yen. Just a short walk to the shrine...

  • Kasama Inari Jinja
    104 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 1
    Located in Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture, this shrine has long been the object of adoration for the god of rich harvest and mercantile success. Considered to be one of Japan’s Top Three Inari Shrines, it hosts 3.5 million visitors every year, and is one of the prefecture’s best spots for New Year’s worship. A number of religious ceremonies like yabusame and bugaku are performed during the “Kasama Chrysanthemum Festival” held in autumn.

    We took the city tour bus which was about £1. for the tour around town, you can get off at any of the stops and catch the next bus. It all starts at the railway station and after an afternoon of...

  • Oiwa Shrine
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    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachishi Irishikenchou 752
    This shrine in Hitachi City, Ibaraki is located on the side of the ancient Hitachi Province sacred mountain Mt. Oiwa and has recently become popular as a spiritual hot spot. While the details of its foundation are unclear it is said that Mt. Oiwa was the birthplace of ancient faiths and that generations of lords of the Mito clan would visit the shrine to pray. It is famous for being a shrine rich in Shinto and Buddhism with 188 gods enshrined throughout the mountain, including the Tangible Cultural Property of the Dainichi Nyorai Statue and the Amida Nyorai Statue. You will also find growing on the grounds a three trunked cedar estimated at over 500-years-old, which has been designated a Prefectural National Treasure.
  • Kunigami Shrine
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    Ibaraki Pref. Itakoshi Uwado 1551
    A Shinto shrine dedicated to Onamuchi-no-mikoto and Sukunabikona-no-mikoto located in Itako City, Ibaraki Prefecture. Records state the shrine was founded in the distant Nanboku-cho period (1336-1392). The shrine's annual festival is held on November 23. As part of the festival, the Uwado-no-Shishimai lion dance, a designated Prefectural Cultural Property, is performed to pray for bountiful harvests. The three lion masks used in the performance are believed to have been donated to the shrine in 1395. The performance consists of an intense dance by a male lion, a graceful dance by a female lion, and a dance which combines elements of the former two by a neuter lion, plus dances by a tengu goblin and okame homely woman.
  • Hitachi no Kuni Soushagu Shrine
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    Ibaraki Pref. Ishiokashi Sousha 2-8-1
    A Shinto shrine situated on high ground commanding a view of Mt. Tsukuba, known as one of 100 Famous Japanese Mountains, and Lake Kasumigaura, noted as the second largest lake in Japan. Just when the shrine was founded is not clear, but shrine records state it was built on the command of ancient Emperor Shomu, indicating the long history of this holy site. The shrine holds the Ishioka Festival, known as one of the three largest festivals in the Kanto region, each year in September, and during this time the grounds bustle with visitors.
  • Nishikanasa Shrine
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    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachiotashi Kamimiyakawauchichou 1915
    A Shinto shrine located at the top of Mt. Nishikanasa in Hitachiota City. The shrine is dedicated to Onamuchi-no-Mikoto, Kuni-no-Tokotachi-no-Mikoto, and Sukunahikona-no-Mikoto. The shrine building was built by the High priest Hoju in 806, after which a ceremony was performed to ritually transfer a portion of the spirits of the deities enshrined at the Hiyoshi Shrine on holy Mt. Hiei here. The shrine grounds are enclosed by natural forest and visitors can view huge gingko and sawara cypress trees designated Natural Monuments by the prefectural government. The shrine's Isode Tai Sairei festival, held once only every 72 years, is one of the largest Isode festivals in the country and has been designated a National Selected Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
  • Daiho Hachimangu Shrine
    11 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Shimotsumashi Daihou 667
    "Established in 701, this is the oldest Shinto shrine in the Kanto region and is said to have been worshipped at by such famous military commanders as Minamoto no Yoritomo. Taira no Masakado notably visited the shrine to pray for victory in battle and is said to have been granted the title of ""New Emperor"" by one of the shrine's maidens. The shrine grounds are also a renowned destination for flower viewing and the grounds bustle with visitors when the cherry trees and hydrangea are in bloom."

    大宝元年(701年)、藤原時忠公が九州筑紫の宇佐神宮を勧請して創建したと伝わりますが、この藤原時忠という人物は情報が少なくて何者なんだろうって感じです。 八幡宮は八幡神を祭神とする神社で全国に約44,000社あり、上記の宇佐神宮を総本社としますが、大宝はこの地から取った名前かと思ったら、どうも大宝律令の「大宝」と同じで、創建時の年号の「大宝」に由来しているようです。 宝という文字があることから宝く...

  • Toshogu Shrine
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    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Miyamachi 2-5-13
    "A Shinto shrine dedicated to the mighty shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu which was erected in 1621 by Tokugawa Yorifusa, the first lord of Mito Domain. Today, Yorifusa himself is also enshrined here. The shrine owns many precious historical artefacts connected to the Tokugawa clan, including a copper lantern donated by Yorifusa, a temple bell known as the Tokiwayama Jisho which was caste on the order of Tokugawa Mitsukuni, and an ancient horse-drawn tank called the ""Anjinsha"" invented by Tokugawa Nariaki."
  • Hitokotonushi-jinja Shrine
    21 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Jousoushi Otsukadomachi 875
    This shrine is located in Joso City, Ibaraki Prefecture. From the teaching that one will be granted a fortune once in one’s life, this shrine is famous for the deity that grants a requested prayer, even if it is just spoken once. Hence the Hitokoto Myojin, meaning One Word Deity. Constructed in 809 A.D., many visit this spot year round. One of the few shrines visited at New Years, it attracts around 150,000 visitors annually during the 3 celebrated days of New Year, during which many booth shops line the entry way.


  • Onogo Tenmangu Shrine
    2 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Jousoushi Onogoumachi 1234
    Tenmangu Shrine of Joso City, Ibaraki Prefecture is one of Japan’s Top 3 Tenjin Shrines, and constructed by Sugawara Michizane’s third child, Kageyuki, it enshrines the deity of academics. On the grounds are figures of bulls, and many plum blossom crests, both emblems of the Shinto faith. The shrine houses many cultural artifacts, including the Prefectural Tangible Cultural Property Omiki Tenjin painting of the sacred ‘sake’ deity. Every year visitors pray for successful completion of their examinations here.


  • Ikisu Shrine
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    Ibaraki Kamisu-shi Ikisu
  • Osugi Shrine
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    Ibaraki Inashiki-shi Aba
  • Shizu-jinja Shrine
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    Ibaraki Pref. Nakashi Shizu 2
    This Shinto shrine is located in Shizu, Naka City. Although the exact date of its founding is unknown, it's estimated to be over 850 years old. The main deities it honors are the warrior god Takehazuchi-no-Mikoto and Shitori-no-Kami, the ancestral god of weaving. An autumn festival takes place annually from November 25th to 27th. Many visitors come at that time when they hold ceremonies like Tsuta Mai and Osasa Myojin. The hill on the western side of the grounds makes up Shizumine Furusato Park, a famous cherry blossom viewing spot.
  • Sakatsura Isosaki-jinja Shrine
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    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Isozakichou 4607-2
    This Shinto shrine is on Prefectural Route 6 in Isozakicho, Hitachinaka City. Founded in 856, it honors the deities Onamuchi-no-Mikoto and Sukunabikona-no-Mikoto. It was moved to its present location on the order of Tokugawa Mitsukuni in 1702. The precincts have stone statues of turtles dedicated by big lottery winners, and many come to pray for luck with hitting the lottery. The grounds also have a large woodland area that will give you a look at the special qualities of coastal forests.
  • Kokuo Shrine
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    Ibaraki Bando Iwai 951
    This shrine is located in Iwai, Bando City. The shrine contains the sacred statue of Taira-no-Masakado, carved by the third daughter of Masakado, and is an ancient shrine that is over a thousand years old. Every year, on the second Sunday of November, the Iwai Masakado festival is held here, and a warrior procession of 100 people walks through the town.
  • Tenakirasumeragifutojingu
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    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachiotashi Babachou 718-1
  • Tsukiyomi Shrine
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    Ibaraki Tsuchiura-shi Johokumachi 13
  • Hitokoto Shrine
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    Ibaraki Bando Iwai 1584-ban

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Just a stone’s throw from Tokyo, Ibaraki is a coastal prefecture that has mastered juxtapositions, where old shrines meet new scientific discoveries and traditional gardens are frequented by the inventors of some of the newest technology. Head to Mito City's Kairakuenーone of Japan's Three Great Gardensーin spring to experience the cellestial blooming of fantastic cherry blossoms at the annual sakura festival.

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