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3 Awesome Ways to Get Good Luck in Tottori

Shrines Temples & Shrines Tottori Chugoku

Tottori, located in Japan’s Chugoku region, is known as one of the more off-the-map areas of Japan. Its most popular location is probably the Tottori Sand Dunes, but at the moment Tottori and its shrines are in the spotlight for unique omamori, or “protection charms” and ema boards.

Omamori are most commonly available at shrines throughout Japan. Tottori’s Hakuto Shrine, also known as the “White Rabbit Shrine,” has these adorable rabbit-shaped charms.

The charms are for enmusubi, which helps make and strengthen connections between people, may they be in friendship or love.

In the city of Kurayoshi, you can send your past afloat on an omamori. Utsubuki Park offers an omamori set for ¥400 (about US$3.90) that includes one piece of a special kind of paper called hodoki-kami. You can write your unpleasant past memories onto this piece of paper and set them off on Hagoromo Pond. It’s said that your bad memories will float away and allow you to start anew.

If you’re looking for a more unique shrine to visit in Japan, you should definitely pay a visit to the Youkai Shrine in Sakaiminato City. This shrine is dedicated to Japan’s youkai monsters and spirits.

If this looks familiar at all, it’s because the shrine was established in 2000 with the help of Shigeru Mizuki, the manga artist famous for GeGeGe no Kitaro.

And what better way to pass the time in Youkai Shrine than by writing your hopes and prayers on ema boards in the shape of some of Mizuki’s beloved characters?

These are just a few of the many attractions Tottori has to offer. If you could call this collection anything, maybe it’d be the “Cute Shrines Tour.” See how many of these Tottori gems you can collect!

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