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Koganeyama Shrine on Kinkasan Island, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

Kinkasan (金華山 Kinkasan?, or Kinkazan) is a small sacred island in Miyagi Prefecture in north-eastern Japan. It is considered one of the Three Holiest Places of the Tōhoku region, along with Dewa Sanzan and Osorezan. It lies in the Pacific Ocean off the Oshika Peninsula.[1]

There is a shrine on the island, called Koganeyama-jinja.[2]

Kinkasan is 9.5 km2 (3.7 sq mi) in area, and its highest point is the pyramid-shaped Mount Kinka, which stands at 445 m (1,460 ft).[1]

It can be reached by ferry from Ishinomaki.[3]

Kinkasan was hit by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the island being one of the closest pieces of land to the epicenter at approximately 68 km (42 mi) away; only one or two minor islands are slightly closer.


  1. ^ a b "Mt. Kinka (Kinkasan Island)". Matsushima. Japan-i. Retrieved 15 March 2011. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Kinkasan". Japan: the official guide. Japan National Tourism Organization. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Chris Rowthorn. "Northern Honshu". Japan. Lonely Planet. p. 530. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 

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Coordinates: 38°17′N 141°34′E / 38.283°N 141.567°E / 38.283; 141.567