Prefectural capital:Matsue City
Izumo Taisha is one of most ancient and important Shinto shrines in Japan, located in Shimane Prefecture. There are records of Izumo Taisha in oldest ancient chronicles of Japan, the Kojiki, Nihon Shoki and Fudoki. It is dedicated to the god Ōkuninushi (Ōkuninushi-no-mikoto), famous as the Shinto deity of marriage. For this reason, it has attracted many women and couples. The Kagura-den features the largest shimenawa (sacred straw rope) in Japan; it is 13 meters long and weighs around 5 tons. The rope is one of the most easily recognized and distinctive features of Izumo-taisha.
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