Temples & Shrines

Temples & Shrines

Ibaraki has many kinds of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, and each of them has its own distinct atmosphere. How about visiting one and experience its calmness to come to a better understanding of Japanese culture and history?
           

Oarai Isosaki Shrine (Oarai Town)

This shrine was established in the year 856 when two gods, the god of national prosperity and the god of medicine, are said to have down to earth in the sea off the Oarai Coast in the spot now marked by Kamiiso Torii Shrine Gate. As well as pilgrims praying for good fortune and health, the shrine attracts fans of the anime 'Girls und Panzer' which is set in the town of Oarai, and photographers keen to capture the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and 'floating' shrine gate.

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Kamiiso no Torii Gate

Oarai Town

Kamiiso no Torii Gate stands on a reef in the Pacific Ocean. It is the place where, according to mythology, Sukunahikona-no-mikoto is said to have descended. The view created by the torii gate and the white-crested waves surging toward it is a must-see, and the scene is especially amazing at sunrise.

Kasama Inari Shrine (Kasama City)

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Kashima Jingu Grand Shrine (Kashima City)

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Amabiki Kannon Temple (Sakuragawa City)

Amabiki Kannon Temple is named for its statue of the goddess Kannon, who people pray to for safe childbirth, child-rearing and protection from bad luck. The temple is known for its beautiful gardens, in particular the hydrangea festival during the rainy season in June, cherry blossoms and Autumn leaves. Amabikisan Rakuho-ji Temple is well known for its Kannon (the Bodhisattva of compassion).

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Ushiku Daibutsu Buddha Statue (Ushiku City)

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