Category: shinto

Hakuto Shrine is known for the myth of the whi…

Hakuto Shrine is known for the myth of the white rabbit. The path leading up to Hakuto Shrine is lined with statues of the rabbit.

Torii at the Shrine on Matsue Castle Grounds.

Torii at the Shrine on Matsue Castle Grounds.

(pretty hawk on top of the torii)

Yaegaki Shrine in Matsue. 

Yaegaki Shrine in Matsue. 

Susanoo, the god of storms, and princess Kushinada are believed to live here.

The famous Mirror Pond of Yaegaki Shrine

The famous Mirror Pond of Yaegaki Shrine

Kagura Hall at Izumo Shrine.

Kagura Hall at Izumo Shrine.

The sacred rope hung here weighs 5 tons.

Torii Path at Motonosumi Inari Shrine in Yamag…

Torii Path at Motonosumi Inari Shrine in Yamaguchi.

When the tide is at it’s lowest you can walk o…

When the tide is at it’s lowest you can walk out on the sands to the grand torii of Miyajima. 

As the tide goes down on Miyajima island many …

As the tide goes down on Miyajima island many secrets are revealed near the shrine. An underwater depression lined with stones becomes a decorative pond. A line of rocks become a stepping stone path over a temporary stream.

Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima is a beautifu…

Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima is a beautiful shrine built over the tidal plains on the coast. Dedicated to the daughters of the god Susanoo.

The ‘purity’ of the shrine is considered to be so important that pregnant women and people nearing death are expected to leave the island as to prevent births and deaths occurring near the shrine.

The floating Torii of Miyajima.

The floating Torii of Miyajima.