Takebe Taisha Shrine
Takebe Taisha Shrine, Old Omi Province’s Head Shinto Shrine
This shrine was once revered as the chief Shinto shrine of Omi Province (today’s Shiga Prefecture), where its protective deities were enshrined.
The traditions of Takebe Taisha’s Shinko-sai Festival, which deifies Prince Yamato Takeru, are even recorded within Japan’s oldest chronicles. One episode involving the shrine from the mid-Heian Period (794-1185) is famous, in which the shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo left the capital (then Kyoto) and spent a night at Takebe Taisha Shrine to pray for the revival of the Minamoto Clan. In 1945, the first 2,000 yen bills were printed in Japan, featuring an image of Prince Yamato Takeru and Takebe Taisha Shrine. Within the shrine grounds, the figure deified here is clear throughout, as Prince Yamato Takeru is enshrined in the main hall, along with a line of vassals who accompanied the prince in his journeys across the country. In recent years, pilgrims visit the shrine with belief in its deities as those of good fortune, matchmaking, and economic fortune, but Takebe Taisha Shrine nonetheless receives the most attention as a sacred place connected to the hero, Yamato Takeru.
|Address||1-16-1 Jinryo, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture|
・Take a bus to "Takebe Taisha-mae" bus stop from JR Ishiyama Station, then walk 3 min
・Approx. 15 min walk from Keihan Karahashimae Station
・From Osaka...Approx. 3 min from the Meishin Expressway Seta Nishi Interchange
・From Nagoya...Approx. 5 min from the Meishin Expressway Seta Higashi Interchange
|Parking||60 cars, 10 large vehicles|
|Business Hours||9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Treasure Hall)|
|Price||Free within the shrine grounds
*200 yen viewing fee for the Treasure Hall (Reservation required)