Shiogama Shrine
Shiogama Shrine
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tamura3d
Novato, CA106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Beautiful complex of shrines designated as Important Cultural Properties dating back to the 9th century. Located at the top of the hill overlooking the city with great views and a lovely garden pond (for viewing only). A bit of a hike from the train or bus but car parking available at the top. Most of the structures have been reconstructed with exquiste detail: red laquered wood with polished brass details. One of the oldest shrine sites in Japan and on the level you would see in Kyoto or Tokyo. Easy to find due to its location and worth the effort to visit!
Written 24 May 2019
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SarahAHA121
Bangkok, Thailand285 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
Even there were only few trees in front of temple garden/museum, near the small public toilet, but the view of small Shiki (all-four-season) sakura flower in the evening (about 3pm because sun would set around 4.30pm in winter) was so beautiful.

The garden in front of the temple and the temple shrines themselves also beautiful, with many Japanese there to pray and queue for monk new year blessing (of course, I did not wait. It was too long.)

More surprisingly that the most popular activity here during new year was to pay for drawing lots for small fortune telling ticket. What to surprise was there were so many tickets tied left at the temple (I though they were bad fortune telling letter.) There were many holy charm selling, and the station to let you put the last new year bought charm to throw away there also.

Just one star minus because both the google map and the road sign shown the very harsh, tiring way to climb to the mountain top to this temple, and then I found out that this way was outdated and not for use already. Other Japanese drove there car climb to here. (There were many Japanese and tourist trying to climb from the back mountain as I did too, lol)
Written 21 January 2018
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
Vermont7,510 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
We visited Shiogama from Sendai. Because the grounds have such a variety of sakura some were at peak while others were gone by. The window of opportunity for sakura viewing lasts a long time.

The shrine was readying for a matsuri and, unfortunately, several stalls had been set up right in front of some of the trees blocking them from view. In addition, construction was going on in the path in front on the main hall. Nevertheless, there were many lovely trees and many were at peak with masses of blossoms. Almost all of the trees had name tags which we photographed for later study.

The shrine is composed of many halls, but for us the gardens, the plantings and tall trees, the pond and, of course, the sakura were the main attraction.

A women’s choir, which was rehearsing on a grassy slope, provided lovely music during our visit. A bride and groom on the bridge having their wedding photos taken offered us great photo ops as well.

A few suggestions which I hope are helpful:
the shrine is about a 15 minute walk from the station - just about when you think you’ll never get there, you do
the shrine is at the top of a hill so be prepared for a lot of steps up to the compound
Written 24 August 2017
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Yumyum108
Geneva74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
We were there just at the beginning of the Sakura blossoming period. The gardens are beautiful, a parallel universe accessible by a very long stairway, but worth the effort. I'll come again...
Written 14 April 2017
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Claire L
Taipei, Taiwan33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
I visited the jinja in early October. Though I didn't see maple leaves turning read, the surroundings and the buildings blend into each other well. Picturesque views are everywhere. A quiet place, great for take a walk there and get a glimpse of the bird view of the Shiogama city. For those who dare to challenge the 100+ staircase, it is worth a try!
Written 27 October 2016
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Seven W
Washington DC, DC364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
We scheduled our day trip to Shiogama on 4/16 Saturday as there're cherry blossom festival at Shiohama shrine and a sake distillery tasting during 4/15-4/16.

From the station to the shrine, you can see several signs in Japanese about how high Tsunami reached. Surprisingly the water reached very near Shiogama shrine which is very far from the shore.

Shiogama shrine is on top of the hill. You can clime steep stone steps or walk on the up-hill (easier). The shrine compound is huge with another shrine and a garden. At cherry blossom peak, you see different types of cherry blossoms all over the compound. At cherry blossom festival, the shrine and cherry blossoms are lit up, and the stone steps are lined with candle lights at night. At the bottom of the steps, a big Chinese character for "flower" was created by candle lights. Everything was so dreamy.

About sake tasting event, it's Y800 for 3 "full" glass of sake from 3 different sake distillery, 1 fish cake (Kamaboko), a small package of sea salt, tasting glass. Shiogama is famous for sake and sea salt. You can taste at the sake distillery or outside (of course, it's legal to drink outside). One distillery has benches outside, another one is near the parking lot where you can buy foods or sit at the table. As Shiogama is famous for Sushi, it'd be a good idea to taste fresh Sushi at the local restaurant.
Written 24 May 2016
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Nellie L
London, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
We visited durng cherry blossom season and were awed! Absolutely beautiful, serene shrine and temple in a gorgeous landscape. We made a day trip on the shinkansen from Tokyo and highly recommend others do too!
Written 18 April 2016
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Manc480
Sendai, Japan160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
It will reach the shrine by climbing a hill. From the shrine overlooking the Matsushima Bay. Red building in the fall of the sky was very Japanese-style landscape.
Written 12 December 2015
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Seatac405
Seattle, WA37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Friends
Uragasumi and Shiogama Shrine should be a set menu in visiting Shiogama, because Uragasumi used (and I believe they still do) brew sake to be dedicated to gods of Shiogama Shrine. We called earlier to make an appointment for a visit. A lady showed us around in the brewery, let us sample some sake (costs 300 yen, and you get a little sake cup to take home) in their gift shop. She told us that they are recently into brewing sake in the traditional cedar barrel. The Sake gelato they sell at the gift shop was just amazing. There are a few other sake breweries in the neighborhood, too. Besides sake, you can also buy fresh sake lees to make marinade!
Written 24 September 2014
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Bahlul
Tripoli, Libya33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
Shiogama shrine and its Japanese garden are very well arranged and decorated, beautiful place to visit it at the same day with Matsushima since it is very close to It.
Written 30 August 2013
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