The Grand Shrine is at the northern edge of Izumo on the edge of acres of protected forests. The context of the building is key to its architecture: The short supply of good quality timber in the post war period forced architects find ways to use RC in construction. Some did it literally other in evocative, yet, new ways leading the way towards what became the "Japan Style".
This project neither attempted to imitate timber construction nore was worried about styles as much as it was about bringing together its existing context, the process of construction and the client's familiarity to traditional materials successfully.
The result is a masterpiece worth visiting (currently, October 2016, under threat of demolition, hurry)..
Read more about how to get there at Cristina's Mimoa page (HERE).