A sacred place for matchmaking. Let’s pray at Yaegaki Shrine in Shimane Prefecture!

Yaegaki Shrine is known as a sacred place to bring you good luck for romance and childbearing, and even attracts tourists for these reasons.

Yaegaki Shrine

Yaegaki Shrine

The god of matchmaking.

Have you ever heard of “Yamata-no-Orochi”, the god that appears in Japanese mythology? There’s a story of a large 8-headed snake, Yamata-no-Orochi, the goddess, Kushinada-hime, and the male god Susano-no-Mikoto. In this story the snake captures the goddess, but is saved by Susano-no-Mikoto. After saving her, they are married and reside at the shrine.

Susano-no-Mikoto and Kushinada-hime are both enshrined at Yaegaki Shrine, and for this reason, Yaegaki Shrine has been long been known as a shrine to bring you good luck for romance.

Yaegaki Shrine

Let’s pray at the Haiden hall!

You’ll need to first put some coins in the donation box called Osaisen-bako, and swing the rope, ringing the bell. Then, deeply bow twice in front of the hall and clap your hands twice. You make your wish while clapping your hands and finishing by bowing one more time. This is how you greet the gods. It is said that if you use the 5-yen coin (the coin with hole in the middle), you can increase your luck.

Mirror pond

Praying for love at “Mirror Pond”

Mirror pond is located in the back of the shrine. You float either a 10-yen, or 100- yen coin on a piece of paper, on the water. Make a wish in your head and wait until the paper sinks. If it sinks within 15 minutes, romance will come to you quicker, but if it takes more than 30 minutes, your luck will come much later. If the paper sinks close to you, you’ll meet someone who might live near you, but if it sinks far from you, you’ll meet someone living far from you. Everyone was nervously waiting for their results!

Praying for love

The paper used can be purchased for 100 yen at the office where amulets are sold. What’s interesting about this paper, is that the message will appear when it’s soaked in the water. It feels like a message from an oracle and is very exciting to see what your message is!

Another attraction at Yaegaki Shrine

Wild newts live around the shrine, and it is said that if they appear and touch the paper or cross the paper, you’ll be blessed with even more luck. Newts used to be a symbol of a love potion!

The Seafood bowl

It’s near hot spring town!

Tamatsukuri Onsen is near the JR station and is one of the three best hot springs for your skin. You can relax and reinvigorate yourself at this hot spring near the sea. After bathing, why not try some great seafood?


227 Sakusachō, Matsue-shi, Shimane Prefecture

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Address 227 Sakusachō, Matsue-shi, Shimane Prefecture
Hours 9:00 to 17:00
Access JR Matsue station→ Take a bus, and get off at Yaegaki-jinja.
Phone 0852-21-1148