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Hinomisaki Jinja (Hinomisaki Shrine)


A bright, vermillion-lacquered shrine that is set against the sea


Since ancient times, Izumo has been recognized as a sacred place where the sun sets. Gods associated with the setting sun are enshrined at Hinomisaki Shrine. The shrine is said to answer prayers for marriage, and for warding off evil. In addition to ordinary charms, it also offers “sand charms” that are popular for their supposed ability to ward off evil. The vermillion-lacquered shrine is gorgeous and features magnificent engraving that brings to mind Nikko Tosho-gu, a shrine that is a World Heritage Site. Furthermore, the inner walls and ceilings feature superb murals created by the leading painters of the day as they competed to show off their skills.

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