Akaiiwa (red rock) Shrine is located in Nanbu Town, Tottori Prefecture. One of the founding gods of the Shinto pantheon, former leader of Izumo and god of sorcery, spirits and nation building is enshrined there.
According to legend, the god Okuninushi was a strikingly handsome and gentle figure who was known for performing good deeds. One example of this is the story of the injured rabbit that he is said to have come across as it sat crying on a rock. Okuninushi comforted the creature and offered to help. As he stroked the rabbit’s fur its injuries miraculously healed.
The tale of how Akaiwa Shrine came to be has its origins in an act of jealousy and cruelty. In the land of the gods there was a beautiful princess who had many suitors, none of whom she was willing to marry. One day, a little rabbit approached her and spoke of Okuninushi and his act of kindness. Impressed by the incident, she accepted the generous god as her partner.
When the other gods heard of this they became enraged and came up with a plan to destroy Okuninushi. They sent him into the forest to look for a red wild boar, knowing that such a creature did not exist. As Okuninushi searched, they heated a massive stone until it was fiery red an hurled it towards him.
As Okuninushi lay on the forest floor, his body crushed, his mother came to his side and called for the help of another female god. They cover his body with ointments made of shellfish and other herbs and after a period of time Okuninushi is revived. This is the story of resurrection that is associated with Akaiiwa Shrine.
When you visit the shrine in Nanbu Town, you can see the rock that was used to strike Okuninushi and the water that was employed to heal him. In light of this legend, it is regarded as a place to offer prayers for healing and renewal.
Access: Take the Super Yakumo from JR Okayama Station to JR Yonago Station. Akaiiwa Shrine is about a 25-minute taxi ride from JR Yonago Station.
About the Area
Western Tottori Prefecture is packed with places to go activities to experience. You can start up in the mountains of Daisen Town and of course make your way to the summit. On a clear day you might even be able to see the Korean peninsula in the distance.
Visit all the temples that are associated with Daisen-ji Temple and take part in their annual activities.Take a tour and treat yourself to a meal at one of the many fashionable restaurants to recharge your batteries before continuing on.
Nearby Heizu Town is a compact seaside enclave where you can spend the day learning about their interesting community. It is also a prime spot for delicious seafood.
Sakaiminato is a classic Japanese port city where angling is alive and well. Stop by the docks for a look at the colorfully flagged ships before they set out to sea.
Another important aspect of the city is the life and work of famed comic artist and writer Mizuki Shigeru. Walk down Mizuki Shigeru road and encounter many of his ghoulish creations.
Yonago is the urban center of the Sanin region and a hot spring destination as well. Some visitors come to the city just for the spas and the ornate traditional multi-course meals.
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