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    Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine

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    Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine

    Shrine for nation’s protection, worshiped to bring good luck and avoiding misfortune

    Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine is famous for protection from evil. Its origin is from the time that Gyokyo, the Buddhist priest enshrined Usa Hachiman no Daijin in 859 following a message from the Gods. Since then it’s been worshipped as the shrine that protects the nation. For important matters of war such as the Shohei and Tengyo Rebellion and the Mongol Invasions, the Imperial court directly requested this shrine to pray to the Gods for victory. Afterwards it eventually became worshipped for its benefits for bringing good luck and avoiding misfortune. From the time of being established to its completion at the end of Edo period (1600-1868), it was a Shinto shrine, hence, it is said to have existed a number of monk's residences on Mt. Otoko surrounded by solemn atmosphere. Walking up to the top and observing the remains and entering through the gate of Nanso-mon, the main shrine can be seen that was built by Iemitsu Tokugawa, the 3rd Tokugawa shogun. A lot of people visit this shrine through the year, and baseball players and jockeys visit for the first visiting a shrine during the New Year to pray the deity of competition.  More people visit for Yakuyoke Festival on the 19th January, for the Setsubun event of "Oniyarai" and “Yudate Kagura”. During the “Otokoyama Sakura Festival” at the end of March, visitors can enjoy cherry blossom viewing.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,February issue,2012


    Name Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine
    Address 30 Yawata Takabo, Yawata City, Kyoto
    Tel 075-981-3001
    Hours Entry (gate open): 6:00-18:00 (special prayer until 16:00)
    Recommended The rock garden in front ot the Shoin building is designed by a famous leading garden desginer of Showa period, Mirei Shigemori (1896-1975).