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Izusan Shrine

Summary
is a Shinto shrine in the city of Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. The shrine has been known by many names in its long history, including Soto Jinja. The shrine’s main festival is held annually on April 15. Enshrined kami The primary kami of Izusan Jinja is the Izu Daigongen, an amalgamation of Honomusuhi-no-mikoto, Izanagi and his consort Izanami History The volcanic springs and a geyser at Atami were regarded in ancient Japan as manifestations of the kami, and ancient records indicate that a shrine already existed here by 594 AD. The actual date of the shrine’s foundation is unknown, with shrine legend mentioning the semi-legendary Emperor Kōshō and Empress Suiko as possible candidates. The shrine legend also claims that it was appointed as an official shrine for prayers to the Imperial clan under Emperor Nintoku, Emperor Seinei, Emperor Bidatsu, Emperor Kōtoku and Emperor Go-Nara. The shrine later became a center of the Shugendō mountain cult. After he wa
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