Shiogama-jinja is a Shinto Shrine, composing of three buildings: Ugu, Sagu and Betsugu, which are dedicated to the local deities responsible for Tohoku Prefecture's well-being.
The 1,200 year-old structure is also believed to be the protector of fishermen and safe childbirth of the region.
It is most visited in spring, where the sprawling 300 cherry trees bloom and beautify the vermillion-laquered buildings.
Within the shrine grounds is the Shiogama Shrine Museum, where the visitors can stop by and know the history of the shrine and Shiogama.
The entrance to the shrine precinct is ten minute walk from Hon-Shiogama Station or about a 15 minute walk from Shiogama Station. Alternatively, you can take the Shionavi loop bus.
The shrine is open all year round with no entrance fee charge, from 5:00 to 20:00. The museum has a separate entrance fee of 200 yen, with schedule of 8:30 to 16:30 (April to September until 17:00, December and January until 16:00).
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