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Kinkasan island

Kinkasan mapKinkazan islandThere is Ojika peninsula in the northeast part of Miyagi Prefecture. By the tip of the peninsula, there is Kinkasan island.
It is about 5 km from north to south and 4 km from east to west. The narrowest channel between the island and peninsula is less than 1 km.

This island is a mountain on the sea, and the highest peak is 445 meters high.

In this island, only Shinto priests of Koganeyama Shrine live.
And deers and monkeys live in this island, and we can meet several deer at the precincts of the shrine.

Koganeyama Shrine

Koganeyama ShrineKoganeyama Shrine is on the western mountainside of the island, and whole island is god precincts. (It is commonly called "Kinkasan Shrine".)
It is said that it was built in 750, then it is one of three major holy sites in Tohoku District.
Current buildings were rebuilt in the early 20th century.

"Kogane" means "gold", so this shrine has been believed as a god of money, production and commerce since a long time ago.
It is believed that we have enough for money throughout our life after we visit and worship here in three consecutive years.


Zuihoden MausoleumSenjojiki is a rocky shore on the east coast of the island.
"Senjojiki" means "a place as wide as a thousand of tatami mats are spread". Wide rocky shore spreads on the edge of the surf of Pacific Ocean.
There is no taxi or bus in this island, then we must visit on foot.
From Koganeyama Shrine, through the peak of island, we have about 4 km and it takes about 2 hours.
Along the coast, through the lighthouse at the south part of this island, we have about 8 km and it takes about 3 hours.

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How to get to here

To Ayukawa port

  • By train on JR Senseki Line, from Sendai to Ishinomaki, it takes 1 hour and 5-25 minutes.
    Then from Ishinomaki station to Ayukawa port, by route bus, it takes 1 hour and 24-29 minutes.
  • By car, from central Sendai, about 95 km. It takes about 2 hours.

From Ayukawa port to Kinkasan island

By high-speed ship, it takes 20 minutes.
The shuttle bus runs from the port to Koganeyama Shrine.

Koganeyama Shrine
Deer in Kinkasan
Senjojiki in Kinkasan

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