What to See & Do


Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine

Japan's Number One God of Marriage

Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine enshrines Okuninushi who is also famous as the god of marriage. The height of the main shrine is 24 m. However, there is a legend that this was 48 m or 96 m in ancient times. The way to worship at Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine differs to regular shrines; the standard here is to bow twice, clap your hands four times and then bow one more time. The tenth month in Japan’s old calendar is called kannazuki (month with no gods) everywhere in Japan other than Izumo. However, this is called kamiarizuki (month with gods) in Izumo. This is because of the legend that says the gods from all over Japan gather in the Izumo region at this time to hold a meeting about marriage between people.

Basic Information
Address 195 Kizukihigashi, Taisha-cho, Izumo-shi, Shimane
Telephone Number 0853-53-3100
Website http://www.izumooyashiro.or.jp/
Business Hours 06:00 to 20:00
Closed Days Open every day of the year
Directions Approx. 10 minutes on foot from Izumo Taisha-mae Station on the Ichibata Electric Railway
Approx. 20 minutes by bus from JR Izumoshi Station
15 minutes by car from Izumo IC on the San'in Expressway
Approx. 30 minutes by car from Hikawa IC on the San'in Expressway