Hinomisaki Shrine symbolizes Japan’s yin

Taisha, Izumo – Although Japan is commonly known as the “Land of the Rising Sun” on the world map, Izumo, a region in Shimane, is associated with the setting sun. It was this setting sun that brought the sacred Hinomisaki Shrine to Izumo. Established in 948 by imperial order, the shrine was intended to worship the darker side of Japan, symbolizing the yin. In this sense, Hinomisaki Shrine serves as a counterpart to the prestigious Ise Shrine, the pinnacle of Shinto shrines, which venerates the rising sun or the yang. According to Japanese mythology, both Ise and Hinomisaki Shrines act as protectors of Japan through their divine presence.



In 1644, the current structure of Hinomisaki Shrine was completed and has been revered ever since. Despite its remote location in the corner of the Shimane peninsula, the shrine’s graceful appearance has attracted numerous visitors. For a long time, this sacred place has been affectionately referred to as “Misaki-san,” meaning “Honorable Cape.” Hinomisaki Shrine offers prayers for the peace and tranquillity of Japan and the world.


The shrine is also renowned for its unique good-luck charm, known as the “sand charm.” It is believed that this charm possesses healing properties and is popular among the Japanese people. Many individuals from all over Japan visit Hinomisaki Shrine, hoping for the recovery of their loved ones from illness.


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