“Izumo Taisha Shrine” is the official name is “Izumo Oyashiro Shrine”. According to “Kojiki” (Records of Ancient Matters) and “Nihonshoki” (Chronicles of Japan), “Okuninushi no Mikoto” (chief god of Izumo in southern Honshu Island, Japan, and the central character in the important cycle of myths set in That region) is said to have handed over the Japanese land that he made to the “Amaterasu Omikami” (the God of the sun) which is said to be the ancestor of the Emperor. In honor of its accomplishment, the grand temple “Amanohisuminomiya” was founded and “Okuninushi no Mikoto” came in. It is said to be “Izumo Oyashiro Shrine”. Okuninushi no Mikoto being celebrated by Izumo Oyashiro Shrine is known as “god of marriage”. It is said that there are benefits not only for men and women, but also for every tie and auspicious. In recent years, it seems that it is highly supported as sacred place, especially from women. The surrounding area with Yakumo mountain back is a majestic atmosphere, which may be the mysterious power because Izumo Oyashiro Shrine has a history of thousands of years. Okuninushi no Mikoto is enshrined in the main shrine. The main shrine of Japan’s oldest shrine architectural style called “taishazukuri” (style of shrine construction), which was built in 1744, is designated as a national treasure. It is the largest shrine building in Japan, the height is about 24 meters, and on the thick cypress roof ridge there are two pairs of Chigi (ornamental crossbeams on the gable of a Shinto shrine), 7.9 meters in length.
Four “Sengu” (transfer of a deity to a new shrine building once in a prescribed number of years) have been done. In the fourth “Great Sengu of Heisei”, in 2013, “Honden Senzasai Festival” which Okuninushi no Mikoto returned to the main shrine where the remodeling was over was performed.
Okuninushi no Mikoto is a god of kindness and healing that taught rabbits attacked by sharks in a myth “Inaba no shirousagi” (the hare of Inaba) how to cure a wound. Also, since Okuninushi no Mikoto is a God of every “matchmaking”, it will connect various matchmaking such as the marriage between a man and women, children, work and money bonds. Who wants to get serious and good match, why not go to God of “matchmaking” of Izumo Oyashiro Shrine?
Izumo Oyashiro Shrine enshrines “Okuninushi no Okami” who is famous as god of match-making.
In the precincts of approximately 27,000 square meters, the main shrine of the national treasure and the front shrines stand around, and the current main shrine was built in 1744. It is representative architecture of the Taisha shrine style, which is the shrine structure style that is the oldest in Japan using the unpainted wood.
The Shime-nawa (a sacred straw festoon in Shinto) of 13m in length, neighborhood 9m, 5t in weight in a kagura hall west side of the main shrine, is the largest size in Japan.
In addition, the row of pine trees of wonderful ramifications, which line up in the place around the approach to a shrine entrance, is called “Matsu no Baba” (the riding ground at the pine tree), and selected as one of the top 100 of Japanese excellent pines.
Izumo is called the hometown of gods. There are various reasons to be called so. The name of the calendar has an example to represent it. In Japan, “Kannazuki” (the month of no gods) generally means October. But in the Izumo region, it is believed that October is the month when gods from all of the country gather in the area, and accordingly, the month is called ‘Kamiari zuki,’ meaning the month in which gods exist.
“Izumo Oyashiro Shrine”, the symbol of Izumo and hometown of gods, is the shrine of “the match-making god” on behalf of Japan.
It is informed that every good match, not only the relation between man and woman, but also every relationship, is provided if you pray.
|Name:||Izumo Oyashiro Shrine (Izumo Taisha Shrine)|
|Adresse:||Taishachokizukihigashi 195 Izumo, Shimane 699-0701 Japan|
|Access:||Ichibatadensha Line “Izumotaisha-mae-eki Station” (10 minutes walk)|