Photos | Images of Japan: Izumo Shrine at Gakuenji Temple, Shimane, Japan
Izumo Taisha (出雲大社) known as Izumo Grand Shrine, is one of the most famous Shinto shrines in Japan. The exact origins of Izumo Grand Shrine are unknown, though it is certainly ancient. The shrine's two most important festivals are the Imperial Festival on May 14, followed by the Grand Festival on May 14- 15. Gakuenji Temple, just to the north of Izumo Taisha, is famous for its fall colors.