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Awashima Shrine

118 Kada, Wakayama 640-0103, Wakayama Prefecture
+81 73-459-0043
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Unique jinja by the sea with collections of dolls

This jinja is by the sea with long scenic drive along coast from ang through Kansai airport. Its... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2017
via mobile

This shrine is about 15 minutes walk from Kada station and a couple of minutes from the ferry... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
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118 Kada, Wakayama 640-0103, Wakayama Prefecture
+81 73-459-0043
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Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

This jinja is by the sea with long scenic drive along coast from ang through Kansai airport. Its uniqueness is the collections of dolls in the shrine complexes with zoning: japanese costume boy and girl dolls, Tanuki( the raccoons), Gero ( frogs), white foxes, zodiac...More

Thank jajavalB
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This shrine is about 15 minutes walk from Kada station and a couple of minutes from the ferry point. It is crammed full of dolls, figurines and ceramic figures. A cheerful place and a delight to visit.

Thank Jack_CCC
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Nice Shrine, with various different animal sculptures, next to the Onsen Hiina No Yu. There are little shops and restaurants nearby open durring the afternoon, good view of the ocean. BE CAREFUL when it rains!

Thank Matthew T
Reviewed 24 March 2016

Located at Kada Bay, about 11 km NW of Wakayama. Awashima Shrine is dedicated to the goddess for women, who is believed to ensure easy childbirth. The shrine is decorated with dolls and figurines from all over Japan. There is the Nina Nagashi ritual held...More

Thank LCWW
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Our friends took us to this quite small shrine and we were immediately fascinated by all the small statues that people had left there as gifts or something (was a bit confused as to the reasoning). The dolls are just beautiful and there are so...More

Thank NannyBSmith
Reviewed 7 November 2015 via mobile

Stride up to the shrine entrance, throw a 5 yen coin in a box, then clap, close your eyes and make a wish. Ring the bell if you want. And then as you open your eyes and walk away, you start to feel them....1000s of...More

Thank tulippx
Reviewed 24 May 2015

An enchanted place... filled with hundreds of dolls and figurines of cats, hedgehogs, foxes, frogs and so on. It's not big but walking around takes some time, as there are so many things to see. It is possible to buy an oracle there too. Close...More

2  Thank Maria Anna M
Reviewed 31 July 2013

. . . I didn't know where it was. It is a shrine known for the many beautiful dolls, that is often shown on Japan travel shows. I was lucky to visit in March when the annual doll festival is held, where the dolls are...More

4  Thank DanL917
Reviewed 27 January 2013

This shrine is somewhat out of the way. You need to take a 25min train ride from Wakayama-shi Station to Kada Station (last on the line). It's an oceanside town, and also where you would take the ferry to Tomogashima Island. The location is really...More

2  Thank Foreversh
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