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Omiwa Shrine

1422 Miwa, Sakurai 633-0001, Nara Prefecture
+81 744-42-6633
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Serene and ancient shrine far from the madding crowd

This is worth the drive from Nara City for its antiquity and serenity. The temple complex includes... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2017
joikamiru
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Singapore, Singapore
Oldest shrine in Japan

This is the oldest shrine in Japan. The Miwa mountain itself is the object of warship and shows the... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2017
naka247
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兵庫県神戸市
via mobile
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  • Very good37%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“shinto” (2 reviews)
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1422 Miwa, Sakurai 633-0001, Nara Prefecture
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Reviewed 20 May 2017

This is worth the drive from Nara City for its antiquity and serenity. The temple complex includes a smaller shrine where one can taste (and take home!) fresh spring water from the mountain. There is also a hill behind it where one can see the...More

Thank joikamiru
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

This is the oldest shrine in Japan. The Miwa mountain itself is the object of warship and shows the ancient animism. Atmosphere there is very calm and remind us the being something great. 日本最古の神社です。山そのものが御神体で、アニミズムを表しています。静かな雰囲気は、何か荘厳なものを感じさせてくれます。

Thank naka247
Reviewed 6 November 2016

We started our long walk (Yamanobe-no-Michi trail) at the parking place near the Omiwa Shrine. It is a beautiful temple complex where we witnessed a ceremony for the (Japanese) visitors comprising monks chanting mantras. Impressive.

1  Thank Johan17
Reviewed 25 January 2016

Omiwa shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Nara, Japan. The shrine has no idols or no images. It is symbolic of worshipping Mount Miwa, the mountain on which it stands.It has a worship hall. It has a 'pharmacy street' too. From 1871 to 1946,...More

Thank NGNZJ
Reviewed 21 July 2015

Omiwa Shrine was built directly at the foot of Miwa-yama (467-meter-high Mount Miwa), and is one of the oldest extent Shinto shrines in Japan. The shrine has a worship hall, but no place for the deity to be housed, because it is believed to serve...More

Thank AsukaSaki
Reviewed 2 December 2014

I was staying in a guest house located close to this shrine and I really wanted to see it, since the Yukio Mishima's novel "Runaway Horses" has an important passage here. I visited it early in the morning (7AM) of a rainy morning. It was...More

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