Izanagi Jingu Shrine

The oldest shrine in Japan

By Cathy Cawood   Nov 21, 2016 - 1 min read

Izanagi Jingu enshrines the god Izanami who is supposed to have created Japan, handed it over to the goddess Amaterasu, and retired to Awaji Island. I visited on a cold spring day, and found a picturesque pond, and an impressive 900 year old camphor tree (I like trees). Izanagi Jingu's ema boards are shaped like peaches because there is a story about the god Izanagi hurling a peach at a demon.

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Cathy Cawood

Cathy Cawood @cathy.cawood

I fell in love with Japan long before I came here in 2003 to teach English, and it has proved to be a lasting romance.  I love the history, the traditional architecture, the food, the strange and sometimes ridiculous contrasts, and the beautiful countryside. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and in Kyoto for nine years, and now I live in Machida in Tokyo. I've traveled a little in Japan, but not nearly as much as I'd like to. I like traveling by train, but my favorite way to travel is bicycle.