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Amano-iwato Shrine and Amano Yasugawara

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This shrine venerates the nearby site of the Amanoiwato or holy rock cave" where, according to Japan's oldest chronicles, the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki, the sun goddess Amaterasu hid herself when she was angered by the violence of her brother Susano-o. Approximately 10 minutes on foot from the shrine is the Amano Yasugawara cave where eight million gods are said to have gathered to discuss how to lure Amaterasu Omikami from her cave."

Street address

1073-1 Iwato, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki

Access

  • Take the route bus from Takachiho Bus Center bound for Iwato

Opening Hours

8:30-17:00 (shrine office)

Closed

Open all year

Website

http://amanoiwato-jinja.jp/publics/index/#googtrans%28ja|en%29

Best season

All year

Point

Although it is impossible to directly see Amano Iwato cave, which is a sacred object, if you inquire at the shrine and receive a ritual purification, a priest will give you a guided tour.

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