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    City Tour, Cultural, Lunch not included

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A tour designed to immerse us in the Shinto spirituality of ancient Izumo with a visit to the beautiful Izumo Taisha shrine, declared a national treasure: religion, history and tradition combine in an unequivocally unique blend.

O que nós vemos
  • Izumo Taisha shrine
  • Shimenawa rope
  • Shopping in a local souvenir shop

O que nós fazemos
  • We start off our excursion with a visit to the Izumo Taisha shrine dedicated to Okuninushi-no-mikoto, the Shinto god of marriage, and considered one of the most ancient and sacred shrines in Japan.
  • The inside of the shrine is in the Taisha-zukuri style, the most ancient form of Japanese architecture that characterises this type of sacred buildings. The Izumo Taisha shrine was declared a national treasure. In history, the shrine has had little to no influence on Buddhist syncretism, unlike most of Shintō shrines in Japan. There was never a Buddha statue in Izumo Taisha and the doctrine practised within the shrine is known as Izumo Ōyashiro-kyō.
  • Every year, during the tenth month of the lunar calendar, deities from all over Japan reunite in the Izumo Taisha shrine for their annual meeting.
  • The Shimenawa rope hanging in front of the shrine is the largest in Japan: it is 13 metres long with a maximum diameter of 9 metres and weighs 5 tons. These kinds of ropes are made of hemp and rice straw and are used for Shinto purifying rituals. The diameter can vary between a few centimetres to various metres.
  • Before heading back to the port and our ship, we have some free time for a spot of shopping in the local souvenir shop.

O que saber
  • We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available. 
  • Heavy traffic jams to be expected due to it being travelling season in Japan. 
  • We recommend having Japanese Yens available as there are no exchange offices in the port. 
  • Clear views subject to weather conditions. 
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • English & other European tour guides are subject to availability.