Why not make a wish for love and fortune at a mystical place?


06/02/2015 Writter: Hideki Motosue
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The waterfall “Deai-daki” in Izu Peninsula brings you true love!?

Let’s walk around the beautiful waterfall area of ”Kawazu-Nanadaru,” found in a popular volcanic locale. Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture is famous for its beautiful calm sea and it’s lush green plateaus. There’s a lot to see in this beautiful area and I’d like to introduce a waterfall area rich in water. The effects of lava flow from the surrounding volcanoes created the picturesque area. 7 different waterfalls can be found along the river from upstream to downstream and are collectively called “Kawazu-Nanadaru” (Kawazu’s seven waterfalls). The waterfall, ”Taki” has been called ”Taru” since the Heian period (794-1185) and is said that it’s name is derived from the condition of water […]

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A shrine that grants only 1 wish for women! We call it ”Ishigami-san” in Toba city, Mie Prefecture.


What is “Ishigami-san”? There is a small town of fishermen and female divers called “Ōsatsu” in Toba city, Mie Prefecture. There is a small shrine on the approach to Shinmei Shrine known by people as Ishigami-san. The enshrined deva, “Tamayori-hime” has a 60cm long stone as a monument and through the ages, female divers in Ōsatsu have prayed for safety while diving and a good catch while fishing. This is why Ishigami-san is said to grant 1 wish for women. Nowadays, many people are continuously coming to this Shrine from all over Japan. TV stars and athletes come here secretly and even some athletes, who had won a gold medal […]

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Make your first visit to “Izumo Taisha Shrine,” the location of Japan’s most famous matchmaking God


The oldest Shrine in Japan. Okuni-nishi-no kami is a deity of matchmaking and is enshrined at Izumo Taisha Shrine. Its establishment is written in “Kojiki,” the oldest history book in Japan, created in 712. The shrine is 27,000 square meters wide and comprised of a front Shrine, 8 auxiliary Shrines, 3 subordinate Shrines, a library, and Shouko-Kan, a structure that houses items considered national treasures of Japan. The main shrine was built in 1744 and measures 24 meters high. This structure has the oldest architectural style of any Shrine and was made using only natural wood. Kagura hall is located in the west part of the main hall. It has […]

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The Holy “Akagi Shrine” is located at the top of Mt.Akagi


The faith from the Shrine is derived from the Mountain Akagi Shrine is located in Maebashi-city, Gunma Prefecture. It exists at the top of Mt. Akagi, which has an elevation of 1300 meters. Being surrounded by vast nature and Lake Onuma, this Shrine will heal you with its holy energy. Akagi Daimyojin is enshrined here, and along with Mt. Akagi and Lake Onuma being considered enshrinements, all three have been worshiped since ancient times. 【Photo by Yuri Suzuki】 Pray to the Koi fish. There is a religious tradition that involves making a wish to Koi fish (carp) and releasing them into the lake. When the wish comes true, people are […]

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Gather ye rosebud while you may! A spiritual place where you can pray for romance called, “Tokyo Daijingu.”

The shrine for romance, connecting hearts, and giving happiness… Men and women of all ages have experienced being lovesick. Some hope to have a happy marriage, some want to meet a nice person, and some hope to be with their lover forever. Many women come here to pray for these love-related wishes and Tokyo Daijingu has all to offer. This Shrine is located 5 minutes by foot from Iidabashi station. People admire the Shrine just as they admire Tokyo’s Ise-jingu Shrine, which enshrines Zoka-sanshin, the three gods of creation. There are rumors among young women that you will find a boyfriend or get married if you come here and pray, […]

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Make a wish to the stars! Enjoy the Tanabata festival at Kanda-myojin Shrine, Tokyo

When you wish upon a star…

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

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. 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 […]

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Let’s take a walk and refresh yourself at ”Kamado-jinja Shrine”, where love begins. (Fukuoka)

Gain a healthy spirit and body at Mt. Homan! Fukuoka is a gourmet’s town! Fukuoka has an endless amount of good food including, mentaiko, tonkotsu ramen, unthickened stew, hot pot stew with offal, and yatai-meshi. It’s not an exaggeration to say that, it’s inevitable that you’ll gain weight while traveling Fukuoka. Don’t worry if you ate to much, you can hike Mt. Homan and get some exercise as well as finding true love! It takes about an hour by limousine bus or taxi to get to Mt. Homan from Fukuoka Airport. Get refreshed by hiking Mt. Homan! The elevation of Mt. Homan is 829-meters. It takes about an hour to […]

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A great place to visit for those who want to meet that “special someone”. Kamigamo Shrine is where people have been praying 1000 years for this!


A horse you can see on a sunny Sunday and National Holidays! After passing through its tori gate and walking towards the Nino-torii gate, you’ll find a white horse. This horse is believed to be the horse that god rides on when he/she come down to the world. You can see this horse on a sunny Sunday or on national holidays, when they have festivals. Kamigamo Shrine is recognized as the origin of horse racing, because they pray for the arrival of Kamowakei-kazuchi(god). Horse racing is held on the 5th of May every year, with 2 horses competing. This started in 1093 and was designated as an intangible cultural asset […]

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‘Your name’ real-life locations in Yotsuya (Part 1)

Did you know that most Tokyo locations that can be seen in ‘You name’ are real places that you can visit and are easily covered by foot?
In the first part of this article I will cover the ones in the Yotsuya area that appear in the end of the movie, and include a map for you to have an easy walk around.
In the second part, I will introduce you to a very nice café nearby where the director of the movie himself had a stop in!
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the rare people to have not watched Makoto Shinkai’s worldwide acclaimed movie ‘Your Name’ (‘Kimi no na wa’) yet, please note that this article contains a major spoiler about the end of the movie.

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