Oarai Isosaki Shrine

While the main attraction for many day-trippers to Oarai City is either the beach or neighboring hot springs, don’t miss the chance to visit this bonafide “power spot”, or place of spiritual energy along the rugged Oarai coastline.
Interestingly, this shrine has a total of three torii gates situated in different locations, but the most famous one by far is called Kamiiso-no-Torii, meaning Gate of the Seashore God. This spectacular structure faces the Pacific Ocean on a single rock as strong waves repeatedly splash against the stone from dawn to dusk. As if looking through a window, the breathtaking view visible from the gate’s opening is enough to feel the presence of something divine – or at least the makings of a swoon-worthy picture.


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