Built around 2000 years ago, Izawanomiya is one of Ise Grand Shrine’s associated lesser shrines, dedicated to the sun goddess, Amaterasu. Just like Ise Grand Shine, Izawanomiya is refurbished every twenty years in order to maintain its original architectural style and appearance.
Held in reverence as an ancient shrine since long ago, the local people would go there to pray specifically for high fishing yield and fruitful harvest from the mountains.
Each year on the 24th June, a beautiful Shinto rice planting religious ceremony takes place at the shrine. This is one of Japan’s three major rice cultivation ceremonies, and is a designated ‘important intangible folk cultural asset’ of Japan.