Tourism website offers prayer of hope to struggling shrines on southern Tokyo isles

posted on November 30, 2015

Priest Yasuhiko Matsue is delighted that his shrine, located on Kozushima island in the Izu island chain, has been included on a tourism website promoting local shrines on islands far south of Tokyo.

Tokyo Shima Meguri Jinja Meguri (Tokyo islands tour shrines tour) introduces eight shrines on seven islands in the Izu and Ogasawara island chains with nature pictures and descriptions of the shrines' origin.

It was created by the information technology committee of Tokyo Shrine Agency, a religious organization overseeing 1,398 shrines in Tokyo, to encourage the sanctuaries on these islands where the declining population has had a major effect on their management.

The information technology committee is headed by Yoshihiko Shimizu, the assistant chief priest of Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward.

The creators attached to the website a map showing the sea and air routes from Tokyo and other locations to islands with the time required for each mode of travel in hopes that viewers will be encouraged to take a trip there.

The website can be viewed at (

source by asahi
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