|Native name: Japanese: 金華山|
View from Oshika Peninsula
|Area||10.28 km2 (3.97 sq mi)|
|Coastline||25 km (15.5 mi)|
|Highest elevation||445 m (1,460 ft)|
Kinkasan (金華山 Kinkasan?, or Kinkazan), is a small 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 approximately one kilometer off the Oshika Peninsula.
According to legend, those who pay a visit to the shrine in the island three years in a row will have no financial difficulties for the rest of their lives.
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).
There is a shrine on the island, called Koganeyama-jinja, which dates from the 8th century.
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.
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- Chris Rowthorn. "Northern Honshu". Japan. Lonely Planet. p. 530. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
- "Kinkasan". Japan: the official guide. Japan National Tourism Organization. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
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