Did you know that there are shrines overseas where you can get a shrine stamp?
That’s the Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA.
Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii
- Address: 215 N Kukui St, Honolulu
- Tel: (808) 538-7778
- Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The white torii gate looks great in the tropical blue sky. The guardian dogs are also dressed in Hawaiian style with leis.
I heard Hawaii’s lock-down has been extended until September 23…
I can’t wait for the day I can tour the shrines again.
Types of Goshuin(Shrine Stamp)
It is a branch temple of Izumo-taisha, officially Izumo Ōyashiro, in Shimane Prefecture, Japan, and its deity is Okuninushi-no-Mikoto.
The God of enshrined here is famous as the god of marriage, and also the god of medicine and nation building.
The page to the right is a road safety sticker.
At Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii, there are many amulets with tropical patterns, as well as “Water Safety” (for surfers) and “Marathon” (for runners), which we can only get here, so they will be great gifts.
Where can we get a shrine stamp?
The shrine office is located on the left side of the main hall.
The shrine stamp book available at Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii has a hibiscus and plumeria pattern.
■Reception hours at the shrine office (for giving a talisman, praying, etc.): 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A 15-minute drive from Waikiki.
The Bus from No.19, 20, 42, about 30 minutes, get off at Beretania & River and walk 2 minutes.
The Bus from No. 2 and 13, get off at Hotel & River, 5 minutes on foot.
Trolleybuses of companies such as JTB, HIS, and JAL also stop in front of the Shrine.
It’s close to Chinatown and downtown, so why not stop by for a visit?
Shrines and Temples in Hawaii
There are many other shrines and temples in Hawaii besides the Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii.
There are many immigrants and tourists from Japan in Hawaii. There are also annual New Year’s visits and festivals, so if you get tired of the beach and shopping, you might enjoy visiting shrines and temples.
Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii and Dazaifu Tenmangu
In the Kalihi district of Honolulu, the Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii and Dazaifu Tenmangu are located within the same precincts.
The main enshrined deities are Omononushinomikoto at Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii and the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, but seven shrines that had been in existence on Oahu since before the war were merged into one, and more than 30 gods are worshiped here.
There aren’t many shrines in Japan where we can pray for so many gods at once.
The main enshrined god of Of Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii is the god who created the country together with Okuninushi of Izumo-taisha, and he is the god who brings prosperity such as rich harvest, industry, and culture, and peace to the country and people.
It is also worshiped as a guardian deity of the sea because it is a god who appeared at sea.
Sugawara Michizane of Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is the god of learning.
We can also get a lovely shrine stamp here.
In addition to the rainbow and turtle patterns typical of Hawaii, the shrine stamp is decorated with colorful seasonal patterns. Why don’t you try it when you visit Hawaii?
- Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii and Dazaifu Tenmangu
- Address: 1239 Olomea St, Honolulu
- Tel: (808)-841-4755
- Hours：8:30 am ～16:00 pm
Daijingu Temple of Hawaii
Daijingu Temple of Hawaii is as a branch shrine of the Ise Shrine, it enshrines Amaterasu Oomikami and Amanominakanushinokami as the main deities of the shrine.
And the amazing thing is that it is a unique shrine that enshrines as well as the first King of Hawaii King Kamehameha the Great the 7th King Kalakaua, the first President of the United States, George Washington, and the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln.
This area is said to be one of Hawaii’s most popular power spots, and next to the shrine is the Queen Emma Summer Palace, the former home of Hawaii’s royal princess, Emma.
- Daijingu temple of Hawaii
- Address: 61 Puiwa Rd, Honolulu
- Tel: (808)-595-3102
- Hours: 8:00am ～ 17:00pm
Byodo-In Temple Hawaii
In 1968, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Hawaii, it was erected in a park and cemetery called the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.
It is smaller than Byodoin Temple in Uji, Kyoto, but like the real thing, the imposing vermilion building is symmetrical and has a 3-meter tall seated statue of Amida Buddha inside.
You’ll forget that you’re in Hawaii as you watch the koi swim in the large Japanese garden-style pond.
- Byodo-In Temple Hawaii
- Address: 47-200 Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe
- Tel: (808)-239-8811
- Hours: 8:30am ～ 17:00pm
There are other shrines and temples in Hawaii which we can’t introduce this time, so if you are interested in feeling Japan in Hawaii, it is fun to find and visit them!