Hiyoshi shrine in Shiga prefecture

Hiyoshi taisha shrine in Shiga prefecture is the head shrine of about 3800 shrines named ‘Hiyoshi shrine’, ‘Hie shrine’ and ‘Sanno shrine’ throughout Japan.  The big compound is lush and green.  It was established about 2100 years ago.  This shrine is located north-east of Kyoto.  The direction of north-east has been called ‘Ki mon’ which means ‘demon gate’.  So it is protecting Kyoto from the invasion of demons.

The gate of the shrine has a unique style.  The style is said to represent the mixture of Shinto and Buddhism.

Monkeys are thought to be the messengers of the god at the shrine.  So it keeps monkeys there.  The roof of the building is supported by a monkey figure like the picture above.

They are  fortune monkeys.  The inside of the doll has a slip of paper telling your fortune.  Cute!

There are shrine bells.  Visitors ring a bell before making a prayer.  Shinto gods are summoned by ringing a bell to have them listen to your prayer.

This is one of the main halls.  It is a national treasure.   This shrine is close to a world heritage site ‘Hieizan Enryakuji temple’.  Even if your main destination is the world heritage site, Hiyoshi shrine is a must visit.



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2 Responses to Hiyoshi shrine in Shiga prefecture

  1. Vividhunter says:

    Nice post. I live in Shiga, so will have to check it out.

    • Yuki says:

      Thanks for your comment! You live in Shiga?
      Shiga is blessed with natural beauty and history.
      I especially like Omimaiko area.

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