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The Yaegaki Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in Matsue dedicated to marriage, love, and matchmaking. The shrine is dedicated to the god Susanoo and Princes Inata, and is featured in the story of Yamata-no-Orochi. According to the legend, Susanoo met a couple who had seven of their daughters eaten by the eight-headed serpent, Yamata-no-Orochi. The beast returned for their final daughter, Princess Inata, and was slain by the clever wits of Susanoo. Thanks to his valiant efforts, Susanoo and Princess Inata were married at the Yaegaki Shrine.
The shrine is home to a number of beautiful attractions, including stunning camellia trees, mirror-pond, and the Treasure House. The Treasure House requires a small fee to enter, but inside is a beautiful mural of Susanoo and Princess Inata. This mural isn't only a designated Important National Cultural Asset, but it's also considered the oldest shrine mural in Japan.
Perhaps the most popular attraction at the shrine, the Mirror Pond is located just behind the main shrine. It's said Princess Inata used the pond as her mirror while alive. There's a popular custom for young women to put a coin on a fortune-telling paper and place the paper on the mirror pond. Depending on how fast the coin sinks signifies how long it will be before you find your match. If you're looking to meet that special someone after a Japan tour, why not add Yaegaki Shrine to your itinerary? We can always help you customize your own personal Japan tour package to include Yaegaki Shrine and all your other interests you want to see in Japan!
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