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Miho-jinja Shrine

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A big collection of famous and curious music instruments
Dedicated to Ebisu, a god who loves music

Miho Shrine at the eastern tip of the Shimane Peninsula facing the Sea of Japan is a historic shrine that appears in myths. This is a shrine dedicated to Mihotsuhime-no-mikoto and Kotoshironushi-no-kami who are the wife and son of Okuninushi-no-mikoto who is enshrined in Izumo Taish shrine in the western part of the Shimane Peninsula. Mihotsuhime-no-mikoto is the deity for prosperity of descendents and agriculture. Kotoshironushi-no-kami who is also called Ebisu is widely respected as the god of fishery and commerce. The shrine is the head shrine of about 3,000 Ebisu shrines across Japan.

The inner shrine that is designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan is built in an unusual style called Mihozukuri consisting of two thatched shrine pavilions. Because Ebisu is known as a music lover, people have dedicated all kinds of music instruments from Japanese instruments such as shamisen and koto to Western percussions and wind instruments. There are very valuable instruments among them such as the oldest music box and wind box in Japan. 846 instruments are registered as significant tangible folklore cultural assets of Japan.

Because of its connection with Izumo Taisha shrine, there is a saying "Visiting Taisha alone does not complete a pilgrimage." It is said that visiting Miho Shrine in addition to Izumo Taisha increases your good luck.

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Address: 608 Mihonoseki-cho Mihonoseki, Matsue, Shimane
Phone: 0852-72-2811 (Matsue Tourist Association Mihonoseki-cho Branch)
Directions: (Train) Take Ichibata bus at Matsue Station on the JR San-in Honsen (3 hours and 40 minutes from Shin-Osaka) for 40-minute ride, get off at the terminal, change to a bus for Mihonoseki for a 30-minute ride, get off at Mihojinja iriguchi and walk one minute. (Car) 40 minutes from Yonago Interchange on the Yonago Expressway.

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