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.
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.