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  • Itsukushima Shrine (Miyajima)
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hatsukaichishi Miyajimachou 1-1
    A Shinto shrine located on the island of Itsukushima (Miyajima) in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture famed as one of the three most scenic locations in Japan. The shrine is also registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This grand and majestic shrine is built along the sea shore where the tide ebbs and flows, and the shrine’s giant torii gate standing out in the sea is particularly famous. The shrine is said to have been built in 593, and the current seaside shrine building is said to have been constructed with the aid of Taira no Kiyomori in 1168. 17 of the shrine’s large and small structures are designated Important Cultural Properties or National Treasures, and the shrine’s Hirabutai stage, used for ceremonial dances and other performances, is considered one of the three most beautiful stages in the country. The shrine’s collection of treasures also includes numerous crafts and works of art designated Important Cultural Properties and National Treasures.

    This was one of the best shrines I have seen. It’s worth a visit. We went during low tide so we couldn’t see it when water covers it (they say it looks like it’s floating) but it was nice to see it...

  • Asahiyama Shrine
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinishiku Koinishimachi 12-10
    "A Shinto shrine located in Nishi Ward, Hiroshima City which is dedicated to Empress Jingu among others. After the daimyo lord Mori Motonari visited the shrine prior to the Battle of Miyajima to pray for victory, the shrine came to be known for granting victory and success to worshippers. The shrine is also affectionately known as the ""carp shrine,"" a play on a name for the area, ""Koi,"" which can also mean ""carp."" In addition, the shrine is famously known as the source of the Hiroshima Carp baseball team's name and is visited by many worshippers."

    以前、毎年両親とお正月にお参りしてました。個人的な願い事より、大我の気持ちで手を合わせると、神様も味方をしてくれた感覚がありました。ありがたい神社です。

  • Oyama-jinja Shrine
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Innoshimahabuchou 1424-2
    This shrine is located in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, and is dedicated to Oyamazumi no Okami. It is also famous as the largest shrine for architecture in Setouchi. In addition, at the Oyama Jinja Reitaisai held every October, many worshippers come to visit centered on local residents.
  • Kusadoinari Shrine
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    Hiroshima Pref. Fukuyamashi Kusadochou 1467
    This shrine located in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture enshrines three Shinto deities; Ukanomitama no Kami, Ukemochi no Kami, and Onamuchi no Kami. Notable for its vermillion lacquered buildings, the shrine is well-known for its sweeping views of the city from the portions of its main shrine that overhang the nearby cliffs. Many people visit the temple each year for hatsumode, the first visit to a shrine in the New Year.
  • Itsukushima Shrine of Mukaishima
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Mukaishimachou 5525
    A shrine in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Deified here are the three goddesses of Munakata: Ichikishima-hime no Mikoto, Owatatsumi no Mikoto, and Kotoshironushi no Mikoto, often called Tomihama no Myojin-san by the locals. The temple is also known for its exorcisms, drawing large numbers of parishioners even from long distances from January to March.
  • Mitate-jinja Shrine
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    Hiroshima Pref. Higashihiroshimashi Saijouchousaijou 268
    A Shinto shrine standing in lush Mitate Park a five minute walk from Saijo Station. A Gion shrine was built in the area dedicated to the god Susanoo-no-mikoto, worshipped for providing healing from illness, when a plague was sweeping the land in 706. Thereafter, through merging with other nearby shrines, Mitate-jinja Shrine was ultimately moved here. There is a “Matsuo-jinja Shrine” on the shrines grounds whose enshrined deity was ritually divided from the one in Matsuo-jinja Shrine in Kyoto; the shrine is renowned for the blessings it is believed to provide in matters relating to sake. Mitate-jinja Shrine front shrine contains numerous sake casks donated to the shrine by local sake makers.
  • Hiroshima Gokoku-jinja Shrine
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Motomachi 21-2
    A Shinto shrine honoring those who have died in while fighting wars located inside Hiroshima Castle Park in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The shrine was built in 1868 as Suisho Reisha Shrine to enshrine the souls of the samurai of Hiroshima Domain who died in the Boshin War. Today, the shrine enshrines the spirits of 92 thousand who fell in battle thereafter. The main shrine building was lost during the atomic bombing of 1945 and was rebuilt in 1956. In addition to being one of the most prominent shrines in the prefecture, it is also a popular destination for local citizens to visit and pray for the victory of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp professional baseball team. A “Naki-zumo” event is held here each year on May 5 in which sumo wrestlers battle each other by holding babies and attempting to see who can get theirs to cry the loudest, a traditional ritual which seeks to ensure the healthy growth of the children involved.

    A beautiful shrine located inside the grounds of Hiroshima Castle. It has a beautiful entrance with a circle made out of woven plants that worshippers pass through, I presume in some sort of...

  • Misode Tenmangu Shrine
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Nagae 1-11-16
    Located in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, the Misode Tenmangu Shrine is a shrine dedicated to the spirit of Sugawara no Michizane, the god of learning. Legend says that in 901, Michizane, who was relegated to Dazaifu, stopped by Onomichi on his way to Dazaifu and gave away one kimono sleeve as thanks for the warm hospitality he received there. In the grounds of the shrine are 55 stone steps, each one a block of stone five meters in length, some rare pieces of formative art and spectacular views overlooking the city. The shrine is also known as the setting for the film, I Are You, You Am Me, directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi, and as the stage for some animations, which is why it has become so popular with tourists.

    If you want to experience temples at their fullest and you dislike crowds, this is the right temple to go to. Onomichi in general is a very quiet spot. Most tourists who go to Onomichi are locals...

  • Ushitora-jinja Shrine
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Nagae 1-3-5
    This shrine is located close to the Sanroku Station on the Senkoji Ropeway in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The four gods enshrined in the main shrine are Amaterasu Oomikami, Susanoono Mikoto, Izanagino Mikoto, and Kibitsuhikono Mikoto. Founded in 806 it is regarded as the oldest shrine in the former Onomichi City. The large camphor tree, said to be 900 years old, is certainly not to be missed. It has been designated as a Natural Monument of Hiroshima Prefecture. The circumference of the tree trunk is about seven meters. The shrine is used for film locations and as the setting for some animations which is why it has become so popular with tourists.

    One of the old temple in Onomichi. this temple has big old OAK. This temple is near Senko-ji ropeway. If you go to Senko-ji,you can go to this temple before Senko-ji.

  • Nagasasa Rakuzan Auto-Bi Shrine
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    Hiroshima Yamagata-gun Kitahiroshimacho Naga Sasa 636-1
  • Kameyama Shrine
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    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Shimizu 1-9-36
    "A Shinto shrine located in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Viewed as the patron shrine of Kure City, this Hachiman shrine is dedicated to Emperor Ojin, Empress Jingu, and Emperor Chuai. Located on a hill, visitors to the grounds can enjoy a sweeping view of Kure Bay. The shrine's grand Yabu festival is famous for its abundance of participants, leading to its nickname as the ""people festival."" During the festival, shrine parishioners carry a portable shrine with a straw barrel filled with new rice; meanwhile, messengers of the goods called ""Yabu"" poke and prod the barrel with bamboo poles, attempting to delay the parishioners. The contest between the parishioners and Yabu can last hours."

    実は縁結びの神様でもあるらしい。 景色がすごくよく、結婚式も挙げられる。 初詣では、長蛇の列ができ、出店もある。

  • Katsurahama Shrine
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    Hiroshima Kure-shi Kurahashicho Sainoki 423
    This ancient Shinto shrine is situated on a hill overlooking the coast and pines of Katsurahama, selected for inclusion in a list of Japan’s 100 most beautiful stretches of sandy beach and green pine. The shrine is dedicated to the three Munakata Sanjo-shin goddesses who protect those who work on the sea, and the three Usa YahataHachiman gods of military commanders. The main shrine, rebuilt in 1489, is constructed in the nagare-zukuri style with three bays and a front room space. The shingled roof is said to have been installed in its current form in 1499. Primarily made of wood, the shrine’s design is simple yet features several touches which are largely not seen in other shrines in the prefecture, such as the use of round columns even for the eave pillars, and it has been designated a National Important Cultural Property.
  • Tenmangu Shrine
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    Hiroshima Kure-shi Yutakamachi Mitarai
    This area on the eastern edge of Osaki Shimo-jima Island is called Mitarai and it served as a secret trading port between Hiroshima Domain and Satsuma Domain at the end of the Edo period. It is said that this Tenmangu shrine was established when a government official from Hiroshima Domain, Funakoshi Juzaemon, donated funds to build a shrine in 1871. According to legend, the great scholar Sugawara no Michizane visited the shrine when he was demoted to a minor post in Dazaifu and washed his hands using the Hongawa Well behind the shrine, and some say this is the origin of the area’s name, which literally translates to “hand washing.”
  • Mitsuki Hachimangu Shrine
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    Hiroshima Mihara-shi Yahatacho Miyauchi 7
    This historic and ancient Shinto shrine is said to have been founded in 769 when government official Wake no Kiyomaro transferred a god from the Usa Hachimangu shrine here in order to pray for his exoneration after he incurred the wrath of a politically-connected monk. In ancient times, the shrine prospered as the guardian shrine of the Yawata-no-sho estate as well as the guardian shrine of all Bingo Province (now eastern Hiroshima Prefecture). The shrine’s woodcuts depicting and Sukhavati sutra and wooden komainu guardian lion-dogs are said to have been donated by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa in the Muromachi period and have been designated National Important Cultural Property. During the Tensho era (1573-1593), the mighty samurai lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi visited the shrine and is said to have personally planted a cherry tree on the grounds.

    備後国総鎮護 御調八幡神社です。 備後国総鎮守 備後一宮 吉備津神社と紛らわしいですが。 今回は紅葉の時期に行きました。 桜で有名ですが、紅葉もなかなかです。 八幡神社の周りは公園として整備してあり、散策するには最高です。 広い駐車場もありがたいです。

  • Ogashira Shrine
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    Hiroshima Hatsukaichi-shi Ono 5357
    This ancient Shinto shrine is located just off of the Ono Interchange on the Hiroshima-Iwakuni Road. One of Itsukushima Shrine’s auxiliary shrines, records state is was founded in 603 during the reign of Empress Suiko. The famous shrine continued to be granted rice from the time military leader Taira no Kiyomori served as governor of Ako and on through the respective periods when the Mori, Fukushima, and Asano clans ruled what is now Hiroshima. A trail connects the shrine grounds to Imose no Taki Falls and Mt. Kyogoyasan. As the shrine is located at the juncture where a large and smaller waterfall come together, holding one’s wedding here is considered to be good luck and many couples come to hold their weddings in front of the shrine.
  • Shioya Shrine
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    Hiroshima Hiroshima-shi Saeki-ku Kairoyamacho 8-12
  • Kannabi Shrine
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    Hiroshima Fuchu-shi Deguchicho 745
  • Kame Mori Hachimangu Shrine
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    Hiroshima Onomichi-shi Mukaishimacho
  • Kibitsu Shrine
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    Hiroshima Fukuyama-shi Shinichicho Miyauchi 400

    今年で第2回となる「ライトアップ散策コンサート『武楽×吉備津神社』に行ってきました。 直前に大雨が降った影響もあり、ステージとなる神楽殿の周りの椅子も若干の空きがありました。 それでもかなりの人がお詣りされていました。

  • Kiinari Shrine
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    Hiroshima Mihara-shi Kuicho Egi

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There is more than meets the eye awaiting any Hiroshima-bound traveler. Kicking off in Hiroshima city, the Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Castle, and Shukkeien Garden offer a couple of days of exploring; however, the real beauty lies along the southern coast of the prefecture. There, a series of islands spreads across the Seto Inland Sea: from the mysterious sea-submerged Great Torii Gate at Miyajima Island to the first half of the islands that connect Honshu to Shikoku via six spectacular suspension bridges.

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