Teshio Itsukushima Shrine Revisited Summer 2022

The first time I visited Teshio Itsukushima Shrine (天塩厳島神社was last February 12, 2022, which was my 15th week here in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. During that visit, most of the shrine grounds were covered in deep snow. It was nearly impossible to reach the shrine from its main tori gate. I needed to walk several meters to its side entrance along Route 106 of Ororon Road to reach the main shrine.

Teshio Itsukushima Shrine Revisited Summer 2022

Teshio Itsukushima Shrine Revisited


Teshio Itsukushima Shrine (天塩厳島神社)

Since then, I have always wondered what Teshio Itsukushima Shrine would look like without the snow. Although I have visited Teshio High School numerous times after my first visit, I simply can’t find the time to go to the shrine.

Itsukushima Park

Akiko Monument (彰 功 碑)

Teshio Itsukushima Shrine history marker

Teshio Itsukushima Shrine main torii

Teshio Itsukushima Shrine was one of the destinations that we visited on the 2nd day of our 5-day Drive Up North Road Trip. We were all excited to see the beauty and grandeur of this ancient shrine once again. This time, the fact that I was traveling with my family made the return much more meaningful. I was accompanied by my daughter, who shares my interest in seeing the important shrines of each municipality.

The long pathway from the main torii to Teshio Itsukushima Shrine

This path measures around 240 meters.

Teshio Itsukushima Shrine secondary torii

Teshio Itsukushima Shrine was surrounded by lush greenery and had a tranquil atmosphere that made us feel at peace. We could see the traditional architecture of the shrine from afar, with its wooden structure and beautifully crafted roof. As we walked towards the entrance, we could see the Torii gate, which is a symbol of Shintoism and is commonly found at the entrance of Shinto shrines.

Teshio Itsukushima Shrine chozuya

The chozuya up close

One of the mini shrines inside the shrine vicinity

Another mini shrine inside the shrine grounds

Teshio Itsukushima Shrine Komainu

Teshio Itsukushima Shrine a-gyo

Teshio Itsukushima Shrine un-gyo

Teshio Itsukushima Shrine komainu

During the visit, we both paid our respects and offered prayers at the main shrine hall. We also visited the purification fountain, where we cleansed our hands and mouths before approaching the main shrine. It was a beautiful experience to share with my family, and I felt grateful for the opportunity to revisit this important shrine.

Teshio Itsukushima Shrine Main Hall

Team Nicerio revisits Teshio Itsukushima Shrine

For those who are not familiar with Teshio Itsukushima Shrine, you can read more about it in my previous article. Here’s the 👉LINK👈.

Teshio Itsukushima Shrine Entrance Fee

It’s FREE to enter and explore the Teshio Itsukushima Shrine grounds. Parking is also FREE.

Teshio Itsukushima Shrine Operating Hours

The shrine services are available from 9 AM to 5 PM. However, the shrine grounds are open 24/7.

Why visit Teshio Itsukushima Shrine?

Teshio Itsukushima Shrine is the main shrine of the town of Teshio. It is where most locals go to offer prayers for safety and health. You are welcome to pay respects and offer your intentions.

Getting to Teshio Itsukushima Shrine


From JR Horonobe Station, ride the Engan Bus going to Haboro or Rumoi Municipal Hospital. Board down at Teshio Koko Mae / In front of Teshio High School bus stop. You can check out the timetable and fare matrix from the Engan Bus website by clicking this LINK.

Travel time: 30 minutes

If you’re coming from Rumoi City, ride the Engan Bus going to Toyotomi Station. Board down at Teshio Koko Mae / In front of Teshio High School bus stop. You can check out the timetable and fare matrix from the Engan Bus website by clicking this LINK.

Travel time: 3 hours




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  1. I have read your article about this shrine before but your photos were winter time. It's nice to see Teshuo Itsukushima Shrine without the snow.

    1. That's right. =) Regardless, both scenes are beautiful. Hopefully, I get to visit this fall. I want to see if there's a dramatic change.


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