Oarai Isosaki Shrine
This shrine was founded in 856 when two deities are said to have descended upon the coast of Oarai. The two enshrined at Oarai Isosaki Shrine are Daikoku-sama, the god of nation-building and national prosperity, and Sukunahikona-no-Mikoto, the god of medicine.
Oarai Isosaki Shrine is associated with the nearby Kamiiso-no-Torii, a sacred gate where the gods are said to have descended earth. This shrine gate stands dramatically on rocks in the Pacific Ocean and attracts photographers worldwide. On New Year's Day, the sun rises directly between the pillars of the shrine gate.
This shrine is also famous among fans of the anime series "Girls und Panzer," which is set in the town of Oarai and uses real-life locations. Many prayer plaques at the shrine feature illustrations of the characters from the anime drawn by visiting fans.
- 6890 Isohamacho, Oarai
- By public transport: 10-minute bus ride or 25-minute walk from Oarai Station on the Oarai-Kashima Line
By car: 5.5-kilometer drive from Mito-Oarai IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway
- Business Hours
Staff available 8:30-17:00
Closed on December 31
Unstaffed on Wednesdays
- TEL: 029-267-2637
- 60-70 parking spots
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