Oiwa Shrine
Oiwa Shrine
4.5
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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SecondEarth
Hitachi, Japan8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
茨城県にとらわれず全国の中で百八十八の神様を祀っているところってあるのかな?日本随一のパワースポットだと言っても過言では無いでしょう、軽いトラッキング利用にも人気なエリア

Are there any places in the country, not just Ibaraki Prefecture, that enshrine the 188 gods? It is no exaggeration to say that it is Japan's number one power spot, and it is also a popular area for light tracking.
Written 20 October 2023
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Vanillachan
Ushiku, Japan607 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
Excellent Shinto shrines in the area. Beautifully maintained grounds. Bus access but limited times. Car is better. Plenty of parking and restaurants nearby. Lots of hiking trails in the area. Truly a unique place to visit.
Written 12 September 2022
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coffee
Japan9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
Oiwa shrine is a famous power spot in Hitachi.
Oiwa is surrounded by many trees, so you can feel a lot of nature while walking. In addition to Oiwa Shrine, there are many other shrines in the area, so you can feel that it is worth it going there.

Unfortunately, you can’t go to the rock, which is said to have a pillar of blue light going out into the universe, unless you are dressed and equipped for mountain climbing. When I tried to go to the shrine behind Oiwa Shrine, I climbed the mountain trail, but the trail was very steep and dangerous.

If you do, it’s cheaper to drive to the parking lot at Oiwa Shrine. Also, if you want to see the famous rock with the pillar of light, it is good to bring a drink along for the hike. And since there is only a gravel road if you don’t want to use the mountain trail, it is good to go to with comfortable shoes.
Written 8 June 2021
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maho
Hitachi, Japan5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
Oiwa shrine is a good shrine which has beautiful nature in the town Hitachi.
There is a 600-year old cedar tree near the entrance. It has been split into three branches. This is best of power spots in Japan. It is said that it looks like a “Pillar of light” can be seen going from Oiwa shrine out into the universe. Most tourists take pictures the cedar for good fortune. In rare cases, someone takes a picture where purple is seen shining through picture. If you take this kind of picture, you are lucky. Oiwa shrine is a good place in all seasons.
However, I think you shouldn’t visit it at night. There aren’t lights so, it is so too dangerous to visit in the dark. Also it is said that spiritual phenomena happen at night at Oiwa shrine.
Therefore, if you want to visit, you should visit from morning to evening.
Written 7 June 2021
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tweeter74
Hitachi, Japan5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
Whether you only decide to visit the shrine or have a little hike up to the mountain top, this place is worth a visit. Enjoying nature and the Hitachi Alps and if you are a runner bring your shoes and go!
Written 2 October 2018
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Michelle C
San Diego, CA446 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Gorgeous walk in the woods to this shrine, featuring some giant cedar trees. Legitimate spot for some “forest bathing.” On a 90 degree day that feels like 100, its still toasty but bearable in the shade. Three free parking areas. Some bees. Can receive temple stamp (goshuin) during their office hours 9-5:30 for 300 yen. I got here via car. Navigation systems do not work well in this area, due to no service or one bar. The giveaway that the attraction is here are the two free parking lots on opposite sides of the road, as shrine is not obvious from the road.
Written 23 July 2018
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gnana prasuna k
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Family
for nature lovers it's a beautiful place located between forest very cool especially during new year season,lot of people visit during this time as a tradition
Written 2 May 2018
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Dave K
United States28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
For history and cultural buffs, this is a must see in Hitachi. Nature lovers will like this too. There are numerous small shrines all over the location in addition to the main shrine. Many of them are easily missed, so be on the look out.
Written 25 November 2017
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ART196
244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
O'Iwa-jinja is a shrine located on a mountain slope surrounded by moss-floored forest. Possessive of great natural beauty, the shrine has become popular due to its reputation as a "power spot," a phenomena of modern Japanese spirituality preoccupied with the borderlands of reality and the preternatural. Combining the mists of time and fables of history with the boundless mystery of nature, shrines in natural settings like O'Iwa-jinja are the chief beneficiaries of young people's peaked interest in their nation's sacred sites. There were lots of people at this isolated shrine, many of them younger, and some of them discussing power spots. Certainly I admit that there is something mysterious in the "sanbon-sugi", a five hundred year old, 50m tall and 8m thick cedar tree with three trunks conjoined at the base soaring up into the tree line like the giant trident of some earth-buried ancient deity. The moss I ran my hand over was soft and springy enough to sleep on. There is much to like in this shrine as it recalls us back to a nature-worshipping civilisation of the forest which existed amidst the trees and made ablutions in the streams long ago. The structures are somewhat more recent. The veranda of the honden (main shrine) has been recently refurbished and the fresh scent of hinoki cypress envelopes all who pray before it. Particular note should be paid to the shrine's impressive rōmon (main gate). Sub-shrines exist spread across the mountain.
最近の人気な「パワースポット」。やはり三本杉は不思議だね。それに苔が柔らかくて、ヒノキにおいしてるお宮だ。素敵な楼門もあった
Written 22 August 2017
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WebGuide
Yokohama, Japan43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
When we went to a newly opened RV park in Hitachiota to sleep in our camper van, we visited Oiwa Shrine.

This sacred area, where 188 deities are enshrined, whose existence has been confirmed from space, is where we experienced the indescribable power.

It is rumored that only those who are called can enter the shrine, and after visiting, we also climbed Mt. Oiwa.
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Written 10 June 2024
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