Shirahige-Jinja (The Shirahige Shrine), Shiga

The Shirahige-Jinja (the Shirahige Shinto shrine) is located in Takashima-city, Shiga between the “Biwako” (Lake Biwa) and the Hira mountains. It is the head shrine of all Shirahige-jinja shrines existing more than 150 in Japan.

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Speaking of “Shirahige-Jinja” (The gray mustache shrine), the shrine in Mukoujima of Tokyo is famous, but In the first place this is the head of it.
It is believed that Shirahige-Jinja in Tokyo was separated and transferred from the Shrine of here.
It is said that the foundation of this shrine was in the B.C. fourth century, when Yamato-Hime-no-Mikoto(Princess of Japan) came to this place.
It is said to be oldest Shinto shrine in Oomi (around Shiga prefecture in old times), too.

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The building of the current precincts was built in Momoyama era by Hideyori Toyotomi, and it is designated as an important cultural property.
Sarutahiko-no-mikoto is worshiped in this place. It is God of “Michi hiraki” (the guidance and the opening a way) which is in the description of Tensonkorin (the sun goddess’s grandson’s descent to earth) of the Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters).

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When Ninigi-no-Mikoto, grandchild of Amaterasu-Omikami of Ise Grand Shrine, descended from Takamagahara where Amatsu-kami (god of heaven) lives in, it is Sarutahiko-no-mikoto to have volunteered for guidance.
So, he is called God of “Michi hiraki” (the opening a way), but “a way” have various meanings like “road safety”, “a voyage is safe,” and the meaning that he stand before myself and lead me to good direction.

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Information

Name:Shirahige-Jinja (The Shirahige Shrine)
Adresse:Ukawa 215 Takashima, Shiga 520-1122 Japan
Access:JR Kosei-sen Line “Omitakashima-eki Station” (5 minutes by car)
Tel:(+81)740-36-1555
Official site:http://shirahigejinja.com/

日本, 〒520-1122 滋賀県高島市鵜川215


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