Susa Shrine is located deep in the mountians of Sada in Izumo. According to the ancient chronicles, after the gods Susano and Kushinada got married at Yaegaki Shrine and made Suga Shrine their home, they set off on their travels around the country. When they returned to Izumo they fell in love with the area of Susa. After giving birth to many gods and creating the country, Susano handed power over to his descendents, and laid his soul to rest here.
The shrine was built in the Taisha-zukuri style, one of the features of which is the raised floor. Taisha-zukuri is the oldest style of shrine architecture in Japan, and many shrines in this style can be seen in Shimane. Unfortunately, as no records exist, it is impossible to say when Susa Shrine was actually built. It is one of the shrines on the Shinbutsu Pilgrimage route.
Take the Ichibata bus bound for Izumo Susa, from Izumo Station. (Bus stop no. 2)
Get off at the last stop, and then the best thing to do is get a taxi, (5 minutes) or walk.
If you take a taxi, remember to get the phone number of the taxi company so you can get back!
(Buses do run to the shrine but they are few and far between.) From Izumo Station, the whole journey should take about an hour.
(from official website)
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