Awashima Shrine in Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture, which is the head office of Awashima, Awashima and Awaji shrines throughout Japan and is known as a god of recovery from women's illnesses, safe delivery and childbirth.
It is located along the coast of Kata, Wakayama, where the sunshine of the Nanki region brings out the blue of the sea and the scent of the tide invites you to travel.
This is a shrine that has been worshipped as the birthplace of the Ningyo Offering and the Hina Festival.
It is also famous as a shrine for the cultivation of dolls, and as many as 30,000 to 40,000 dolls are dedicated in the precincts of the shrine every year for the cultivation of dolls.
Countless Hina dolls, checkered dolls and French dolls are displayed in the precincts of the shrine, and as many as 20,000 dolls are dedicated in a circle around the precincts of the shrine.
In addition, Shigaraki ware raccoon figurines, beckoning cats, Fukusuke dolls, and ornaments of the Chinese zodiac are displayed everywhere.
A world of fantasy spreads before your eyes, and you will be swallowed up by the mysterious atmosphere.
The Hari Matsuri (needle offering) on February 8 and the Hina Matsuri (Hina Nagashi) on March 3 are very famous.
Address: 116 Kata, Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture
Nearest Station: 20 minutes on foot from Kada and Nankai Railway "Kada Station".
Purposeinstagrammable,spiritual places,ocean & beach,haunted places,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Kada sta. (about 1.3km) Google Transit
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5.04 months ago
Very nice place near to seaside 🌊. Parking is available 30 mins for free if you visit temple and please show the parking ticket to the front office of temple and they will give you free parking for 30 mins. Or ¥550 for 1 hour. Toilet is free available. Shops are near available only cash. No convenient store nearby.
4.0a year ago
I have no idea why some people call it a creepy place. It is just a unique shrine that collects dolls and other items from people and arranges them in spectacular fashion. The dolls are consigned to the sea every year on March 3, the day of doll festival in Japan.
The place has been in the news(urban legend) also for some unverified claims that the hair of some the dolls keeps growing and that the dolls can curse people etc. but I take it with a pinch of salt.
The shrine is very small and took me just 30 minutes to see everything.(also, the free parking is only for 30 minutes!)
A lot more interesting than the usual Japanese shrines which are more or less the same.
5.0a year ago
creepy place, definitely recommends
5.0a year ago
Very nice place
5.0a year ago
Amazing shrine with colletion creepy dools. I like it.