AreaSanriku Coast

Kinkasan Deer

金華山 | Kinkasan Island

Sacred animals who freely roam a holy island

Photo by Atsuhiko Takeda

Photo by Atsuhiko Takeda

Photo by Atsuhiko Takeda

Photo by Atsuhiko Takeda

  • Kinkasan is a holy island located off the coast of Ishinomaki City, home to the legendary Koganeyama Shrine. It is said that those who make three consecutive annual pilgrimages to the shrine will be blessed with wealth for the rest of their lives. No visit is complete without happening upon the Kinkasan deer, who roam the island freely and are regarded as messengers of the gods by Shinto priests.

    On the first Sunday of October, an antler-cutting ritual is performed which helps make the male deer safer to be around. The shrine turns the antler cuttings into charms, purchased by the faithful as talismans and by tourists as souvenirs.

    WEBSITEhttp://kinkasan.jp/

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  • AreaSanriku Coast

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ADDRESS

Kinkasan-5 Ayukawahama, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi-ken 986-2523

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

From Onagawa Sightseeing Pier (観光桟橋) : 35 min. by Ushio Planning (潮プラニング定期船) boat (Sundays, holidays, & some Saturdays only; see timetable here).

Sightseeing pier is a 10-min. walk from Onagawa Station.

 

From Ayukawa Port (鮎川港): 20 min. by Dream Liner (ドリーム定期船) boat (Sundays only; timetable here).

Ayukawa Port is 80 min. by bus from Ishinomaki Station. Board Ayukawa Line (鮎川線) bus bound for Ayukawa Port. Alight at Ayukawa Port (the final stop). Bus timetable here (weekdays) and here (weekends & holidays).

ADMISSION

Island & shrine: free

Ushio Planning boat (round-trip): 3,100 yen adults, 1,560 yen children

Dream Liner (round-trip): 2,500 yen adults, 1,250 children, infants free

LANGUAGES

Japanese only

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

No

HOURS

Always open (but please be aware of boat schedules)

CLOSED DAYS

None

PHONE

0225-45-2301

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