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    12 Beautiful Shinto Shrines That Will Knock Your Socks Off

    Shintō is Japan's native religion. The practice centers around the worship of kami, which are honored at shrines throughout the island chain. These are some of the most fantastic shrines that you can find.

    1. Ise Grand Shrine (伊勢神宮)

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    Ise, Mie Prefecture

    2. Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社)

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    Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    3. Meiji Jingu (明治神宮)

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    Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture

    4. Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社)

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    Miyajima, Hiroshima Prefecture

    5. Nishinomiya Jinja (西宮神社)

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    Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture

    6. Oyama Jinja (雄山神社)

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    Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture

    7. Akiba Shrine (秋葉神社)

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    Shirakawa-go, Gifu Prefecture

    8. Izumo Grand Shrine (出雲大社)

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    Izumo, Shimane Prefecture

    9. Isaniwa Jinja (伊佐爾波神社)

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    Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture

    10. Kasuga Grand Shrine (春日大社)

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    Nara, Nara Prefecture

    11. Shirayama Hime Shrine (白山比咩神社)

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    Hakusan City, Ishikawa Prefecture

    12. Miyajidake Shrine (宮地嶽神社)

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    Fukutsu, Fukuoka Prefecture

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