Kyoto by the Sea

Motoise Naiku, Amanoiwato Shrine

This ancient shrine is one of the locations at which Amaterasu, the Shinto Goddess of the Sun, was enshrined before moving to Ise-jingu Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture. In fact, this shrine predates Ise-jingu Grand Shrine by fifty-four years. It is also one of only two shrines in Japan to use black cedar torii gates. The shrine is a close walk from the local train station, and another nearby shrine called Amanoiwato Shrine, located in a ravine up the side of a boulder. There are legends that say Amaterasu lived underneath this rock during a period of seclusion.

217 Oemachi Naiku, Fukuchiyama City, Kyoto Prefecture
10 minutes on foot from Oeyamaguchi Naiku Station on Kyoto Tango Railway