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Izumo Taisha Shrine Kamiari Festival出雲大社神在祭


Tens of thousands of the gods from across Japan descend upon Izumo Taisha Shrine for the Kamihakari. The festival also draws a lot of worshippers who go to the shrine to pray to the gods for good fortune. The various gods meet at the Kamihakari for matchmaking discussion, where people's lives are decided without their knowledge. Silence must be upheld so as not to disturb the gods stay at the Kamiari Festival. People refrain from music and dancing, and all construction work stops. Which is why it is also known as a memorial service festival. Please note that some part of the ceremonies are not open to public.

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place Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi Miyauchi
phone 0853533100



Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi Miyauchi [map]



2018/11/18-24(Lunar calendar10/11-10/17)

[Kamimukae Sai (Welcoming of the Gods)]19:00Start
[Kamiari Sai (Presence of the Gods)]9:00Start/10:00Start
[Karasade Sai (Departure of the Gods)]16:00Start

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What Shimane prefecture lacks in size and population, it makes up for in scenery and ancient mythology. Izumo-taisha, in the middle of the prefecture, is said to be Japan's oldest Shinto shrine, where stories that delve into the creation of the Japanese race have been passed down over centuries. The 180 Oki Islands, a 40-minute ferry ride north of Sakaiminato, offer an undiscovered paradise well off the beaten track.

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