The great Shrine of Izumo Taisha is one of the most important ancient shrine in Japan. It was said to be the oldest, known to have existed at least the 7th Century, according to Japan's oldest chronicles. The main building was built on 1744, and apparently has undergone 25 reconstructions.
It was dedicated to the kami Okuninushi, the deity of earth and the harmony of nature, agriculture, and medicine. He was also believed to bring happiness and harmony to human relationships, that is why it magnetizes lots of young women who wish to be married.
Apart from viewing the ancient structures in the Shrine, you can also visit the Simane Museum of Ancient Izumo to fully understand the history of the shrine. It collects 610 yen admission fee; foreigners can avail discount upon presentation of passport.
The shrine can be accessed via Izumoshi Station. From there, ride a bus from bus stop number 1 (one way ride to the shrine takes about 25 minutes and costs 520 yen).
Alternatively, by Ichibata Railways, the shrine can be accessed from transferring to Kawato Station to Izumo Taisha-mae Station.
The shrine is open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Entrance is free.
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