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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
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.
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.
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
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
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