Omiwa Shrine

Omiwa Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Japan and the site has been sacred ground for some of the earliest religious practices. The Miwa Torii (shrine gate), the gate marking the transition from the profane to the sacred, and the worship hall have been designated as important cultural assets of the country. Although we know from records that the worship hall was founded in the Kamakura period, the shrine as we know it now was rebuilt by Tokugawa Ietsuna, the fourth Tokugawa shogun. The enshrined deity is revered as a guardian deity of human life in the sense of building a nation. People are welcome to join the festivals held here throughout the year. Omiwa Shrine is approximately five minutes on foot from JR Miwa Station.

Spot details

Nara Pref. Sakuraishi Miwa 1422
Precincts Free
open everyday
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Not available
Available (Limited to smoking space)
Not available
Average budget
[Lunch] 10,000yen or more
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • The oldest Shinto shrine
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.10.16
    Omiwa Shrine is the oldest Shinto shrine in Japan. Its wide precinct is filled with a majestic atmosphere. There is a hall of reverence, but there is no tangible body of god. Mt. Miwa, behind this...
  • Serene oldest Shinto shrine
    5.0 Reviewed:2019.12.09
    We were so happy to visit this beautiful shrine in the early evening with lights lining the stairs up to the main shrine. As it was drizzling the monks immediately ran out to provide a canopy for us...
  • Magical
    5.0 Reviewed:2019.04.19
    What we really enjoy was the atmosphere of the place, the path in the forest going through all the shrines and temples, very beautiful, quiet...

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