Osaki Hachiman Shrine

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htodd503
Portland, OR77 contributions
Something seemed missing.
Sep. 2019
I'm a big fan of shrines and one year I went into every shrine I saw walking around Tokyo for a month. For some reason it felt like something was missing. It might be because they were setting up for a festival and there were lots of empty stalls being set up and you couldn't walk down the main path. It seemed a little disappointing.
Written September 8, 2019
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Liketorome
Dorset411 contributions
Worth climbing the 100 steps
Apr. 2019 • Couples
This is a lovely shrine to visit. Not terribly big but nicely laid out and the entrance via the 100 stairs is quite majestic.
Written May 3, 2019
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Maria D
264 contributions
Long stairs, tall cypress trees and historical shrine
Mar. 2019 • Friends
This famous Sendai shrine dedicated to the god of war can be found at the end of a long stairway leading between tall hinoki cypress trees under several torii gates. The main hall is freshly renovated and has splendid dragon and tiger decorations. To make the most of the experience, read its history. Tip: if you do not like to climb, there is a back entrance with a more flat path to the shrine. A great place to contemplate and pray.
Written March 17, 2019
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Philip Witriol
London, UK536 contributions
Fabulous site
Nov. 2018
Fabulous site that as well as gorgeous architecture and location is also a way to experience typical Japanese shrine culture. You could well be the only "foreigner" here. Also various festivals throughout the year.
Written November 20, 2018
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Sarahuhuhu
Japan93 contributions
A cute little shrine
Aug. 2018 • Friends
We found this little shrine by accident and are so glad we did.
A great place to take a break--love the atmosphere, and strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys visiting shrines.
Written August 30, 2018
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rie s
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan170 contributions
National Treasure, a must visit shrine in Sendai
May 2018 • Couples
Full of atmosphere and impressive main shrine building, designated as a national treasure, this place has 400 years of history. Enjoy walking up to the shrine. For more, check `hiddenjapanguide.com`
Written May 13, 2018
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Anett P
121 contributions
Another shrine
Oct. 2017 • Friends
We went there at the time of the 7-5-3 ceremony, so it was interesting to see all those kids in pretty kimonos. But without that it's a simple shrine. If you bought a one day loople bus pass, go and visit it, but unless it's not a must to see one.
Written November 5, 2017
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HotEarth
Melbourne, Australia695 contributions
View unexpectedly obstructed
Aug. 2017 • Couples
Stop no. 12 on the Loople bus. I was quite excited on arrival as i have seen many beautiful pictures of this place. However, the direct view of the colourful architecture of the main shrine was obstructed by a tent, which appears to be made as an extension of the front portion of main shrine, for some festive prayers. (Understandably, I have my due repect to those worshippers for erecting this tent the way they did it). Parts of the beautiful roof and structures are still visible. I would have given this site a much better rating if not for the obstructed view.
Written August 19, 2017
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Chuzaa
Vancouver, Canada3,516 contributions
The Osaki Hachiman-gu Shrine
Apr. 2017 • Couples
We drove to the Osaki Hachiman-gu Shrine in the northeastern section of the city of Sendai. Our rental car GPS took us correctly to the shrine’s parking lot behind the main shrine building. From there, it’s a five-minute walk to the main shrine building.

Like the Zuiho-den Mausoleum, the Shrine was also constructed in the late Azuchi Momoyama Period (1573-1603, completed in 1607) with a major financial help by Lord Daté Masamune, the first of the Sendai Fiefdom.

The shrine buildings are all painted with pitch black Japanese lacquer (urushi). This is very unusual for Shinto shrines anywhere in Japan. The uniqueness of this shrine construction and decoration made it a National Treasure in 1952.

The deities of the Hachiman-gu shrine are aligned with some of the earliest mythical imperial family members of Japan and guardians of warriors, farmers and fishermen. The name Osaki is from the family that brought the Hachiman deities to the Sendai area.

Incidentally, it is strongly encouraged to offer some funds when one visits a shrine or a temple like this where there is no admission fee. In the central section of the front of the shrine building is a large box to throw some money in. Just learn it from Japanese prayers near you. Traditionally the Japanese people offer some small amount of change before start praying to the deity of a shrine or a temple. You’re not a follower of the shrine or the temple, so the money is not for praying, but for a small compensation by you for the maintenance. An appropriate amount today should be JPY100 – 200 per person.
Written May 29, 2017
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Aomori
Hong Kong, China511 contributions
Shrine - Date Masamune
Nov. 2016 • Family
This is a nice walk from the bus stop to the shrine. Enjoyed a good walk up the long staircase to the shrine and enjoyed the nature of beauty.
Written December 11, 2016
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