PRE-BUDDHIST SHINTO SHRINES
  Reconstruction of a Yayoi Period (300 BCE or earlier - 300 CE) village at the Osaka Prefectural Museum of Yayoi Culture. The building with the light front may have been an early shrine.
  Izumo Shrine, the oldest in Japan
  Izumo Shrine is periodically reconstructed, as shown in this 2012 photograph
  Main compound at Ise Jingu, the imperial shrines dating back to prehistoric times. Beginning in the 7th century, the shrine has been rebuilt every 20 years, a major effort involving 65 buildings and 16,000 artifacts.
  Subsidiary building at Ise. The small structure on the right indicates where the replacement for the shrine on the left will be reconstructed after 20 years.
  Subsidiary building at Ise, located in a forest
  Interior of a shrine in Takahiho, Kyushu, where the grandson of the sun goddess descended to earth. The mirror in a Shinto shrine is one of the three symbols of divine authority, the other two being the sword and the jewel.
  POST-BUDDHIST SHRINES
  Main sanctuary at Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, dating to the late 6th century
 Y asaka Shrine in Kyoto, founded in 656
  Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto, dedicated to the kami of thunder. Founded in 678
  Torii (gates) at Fushimi Inari-taisha in Kyoto, dedicated to the fox kami. Established in 711
  Shinto priest officiating at a Shinto ceremony
  Tanzan Shrine in Sakurai, originating in early Shinto-Buddhist syncretism. Designated as a purely Shinto shrine in 1868.
  Yomeimon Gate at Toshogu, Nikko, where the ashes of Tokugawa Ieyaseu are enshrined.
  Famous three monkeys at the Sacred Stables, Toshogu Shrine
  Kashihara Jingu, Kashihara. Constructed in 1889 to enshrine the legendary first emperor, Jimmu, and consort. Built in the style of a palace
Kasuga Shrine, Nara
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