Uga Shrine on Bentenjima Island, Lake Nojiri

The Uga Shrine is located on an island in the middle of Lake Nojiri. The only way to access it is by a taking a cruise boat from Nojiri city. The cruise does a brief tour of the lake before stopping on the Island. You can spend as much time as you like visiting the shrine since you can hop on subsequent cruises as well for the return trip.

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Country: Japan
Area : Chubu area
Prefecture : Nagano-ken
City : Shinano-machi
District : Nojiri
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Ikushimatarushima Shrine

The Ikushimatarushima Shrine dates from the 9th century. The main prayer hall is built on a small island in the middle of a pond and most of the structures are of the classic vermillion red which is used to decorate shrines throughout Japan. The shrine structures, water elements, and vegetation blend beautifully.

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Country: Japan
Area : Chubu area
Prefecture : Nagano-ken
City : Ueda-shi
District : Shimonogō
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Shuri Castle

Shuri Castle was the palace of the Ryukyu kingdom from 1429 to 1879. The current castle is a reconstruction of the original which was destroyed during the war. In addition to the visit of the castle keep, traditional Okinawan dance demonstrations are given for free on the premises of the castle.

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Country: Japan
Area : Kyushu area
Prefecture : Okinawa-ken
City : Naha-shi
District : Shuritōnokurachō
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Sefa Utaki

Sefa Utaki is a historical sacred site that was once one of the most sacred place of worship of Ryukyu people. It is apparently where the goddess of creation came down to Earth. The sacred site is kept in a natural state. Many walking paths lead to impressive rock formations through the dense forest. 

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Country: Japan
Area : Kyushu area
Prefecture : Okinawa-ken
City : Nanjō-shi
District : Chinen
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Sacred site of Shirumichu

The cave of Shirumichu is though of being the place where gods Shirumichu and Amamichu, the creator gods of Okinawa, gave their first birth. It is now a popular place to pray for pregnancy and safe delivery.

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Country: Japan
Area : Kyushu area
Prefecture : Okinawa-ken
City : Uruma-shi
District : Katsurenhiga
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Zakimi Castle

Zakimi Castle is a Ryukyu castle in Okinawa whose walls and foundations have been restored. The castle was built in the 15th century and belonged to the famed general Gosamaru. The site is now a UNESCO world heritage site and is open to visitors for free.

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Country: Japan
Area : Kyushu area
Prefecture : Okinawa-ken
City : Yomitan-son
District : Zakimi
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A sacred site for Ryukyu gods – Tomb of Amamichu

This small piece of land attached to the island of Hamahiga in Okinawa is a sacred site of the Ryukyu religion. It is known as the tomb of Amamichu, the creator god of Okinawa. A small shrine on the island is dedicated to the god.

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Area : Kyushu area
Prefecture : Okinawa-ken
City : Uruma-shi
District : Katsurenhiga
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