THE GREAT IZUMO TAISHA SHRINE
City Tour, Cultural, Lunch not included
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.