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Nara’s Omiwa Shrine

The Oldest Shinto Sanctuary in Japan

Donny Kimball
8 min readDec 3, 2021

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The haiden of Nara Prefecture’s ancient Omiwa Shrine
This story was originally published on donnykimball.com and has been syndicated here on Medium.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Omiwa Shrine, a spiritual sanctuary that has long been on my bucket list. Found in the southern portions of Nara Prefecture, this ancient sepulcher is regularly considered to be Japan’s oldest shrine. The site sits at the base of the consecrated Mt. Miwa and has…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/