Yokohama city tutelary deity, a place which known for its cherry blossom trees and where you might want to pray
for a safe trip
The shrine was founded in 1870. As Yokohama port was opened, the development of
precincts, purposing praying for nation’s defense, began. Today this tutelary deity of Yokohama city is known as “Ise of Kanto”.
Wish to pray for good luck, house and traffic safety, healing – visit here
(opened from 9am to 4 pm). After donating the First Fruits fee of ten thousand
Japanese yen you go to worship hall, pray and after all get ofuda talisman and amulet.
Formerly there was a cherry blossom tree line on the shrine approaching road, and it was
one of the most famous cherry blossom spots in Yokohama. There are some old trees
of Yoshino cherry left in the precincts so the
area is gorgeous at blossoming season and visitors number increases.
When visiting Shinto shrine, you should fist purify both
hands and mouth at water ablution pavilion (temizuya) that is near torii gate. Try to learn the
ritual, as it is shown at the picture.
A stone column at torii gate, shimebashira,
is here to mark sanctuary area. This largest stone column in Japan was consecrated in 1889.
The shrine is built in ancient
Japanese architectural style shinmei-zukuri. The original shrine building
was destroyed by The Great Kanto earthquake in 1923 and was newly constructed
At shrine office, you can purchase all kinds of amulets and talismans – for home
safety, prosperous business, physical health, luck, safe delivery or marriage. Amulets
of assorted designs and colors are a perfect gift for special people.
Have you got a personal pray, purchase a wooden plaque called ema. Write your wish on the back side
and place it to a special hanger.
In front of ema hanger you will find fortune
strips of paper called o-mikuji. Insert money into the box, think of something
and take one o-mikuji. At Iseyama Kotai Shrine there are not only o-mikuji for health, business or love
fortune, but also o-mikuji of
subjects believed to bring luck – rake
and frog, rice, etc. They are very small so put them into your wallet or
business card case and carry with you.
You can take out o-mikuji, but it is common
to tighten them inside precincts, regardless of fortune.
Weddings are held at the shrine, too. Japanese traditional ceremony is solemn
and beautiful. If you meet the ceremony, we want you to
watch it with feeling of celebration.