Fukushima to Revive Shinto Shrines damaged by Catastrophe

Every year, Japan attracts millions of international tourists from different parts of the world. Most of these globetrotters are interested to come to the Land of the Rising Sun in order to go sightseeing, experience the country’s unique culture and be amazed by its technological advancements. One of the tourist spots that curious travellers intend to pay a visit to is Fukushima which is just over an hour ride from Tokyo via bullet train. It is the third largest prefecture in Japan but was devastated by a strong earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011.


Eight years after the savage tsunami hit destroyed the prefecture, Fukushima has remained resilient in restoring its natural beauty, shrines and historic sites. At present, it is widely visited by both locals and foreign tourists alike to personally witness its awe-inspiring landscapes, excellent hot springs, castle towns, ski resorts and theme park called Spa Resort Hawaiians.


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Aside from Fukushima’s breathtaking natural resources, the prefecture is also known for its local Shinto Shrines. However, a number of shrines were badly damaged during the 2011 catastrophe and are no longer accessible to the public due to high radiation levels.


This year, the Association of Shinto Shrines announced that they are planning to construct new sacred places of worship in Fukushima based on Shinto architecture to be completed by March of 2021. They intend to build the shrines on the grounds of the Hachiman Shrine which was destroyed by the earthquake-tsunami disaster.


According to Masahiro Tanji, the head of the Fukushima Branch of the Association, “The revival of the shrines that have served as local community hubs should offer solace to people affected by the calamities.” In addition, the plan to rebuild these shrines also seeks to preserve the traditional performing arts as well as festivals in commemoration of the deities for each of the Shinto shrine.



Damaged or inaccessible Fukushima shrines consider consolidation as way forward

Fukushima Prefecture


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