A shrine based on the Urashimataro legend which is also a popular Japanese children`s story.
According to legend, a fisherman named Urashimataro helps a turtle in need and is repayed with a trip to a magical underwater realm where he spends some time. He eventually returns to find that time passed differently in the realm he was in and that hundreds of years have passed in his own realm since he left. His village, family, and house are all gone. He despairs and opens the “tamate-bako” box he was presented with when he left the underwater realm by the realm`s beautiful princess and turns into an old man.
If you visit the shrine`s mini-museum(Reservations Required), you can see scrolls depicting the Urashimataro legend, the “tamate-bako” referenced in the legend, Noh masks, etc.
|Holidays||Irregular (Closed on Shrine festival and event days)|
|Entrance Fee||400 yen（group discounts available)|
|To make a Reservation||TEL 0772-33-0721; FAX 0772-33-0103|
|Spot Name||Urashima Shrine|
|Address||京都府与謝郡伊根町字本庄浜141 [ Map ]|
|Opening Hours||Open all hours|
Amanohashidate Tourism Association
|Access||By Car: 40 minutes on R178 from Kyoto Jukando Expressway, Amanohashidate Yoza IC
Public Transportation: Take a train to Miyazu train station or Amanohashidate train station(Kyoto Tango Railways). From there, take the bus to "Urashima-jinja Mae". The shrine is a 3 minute walk from the bus stop.
|Parking||Free parking available|