Omi Jingu Shrine
Emperor Tenji, the founder of Otsu-Kyo, is enshrined as a deity here at Omi Jingu Shrine.
The shrine was constructed on the site of Otsu-Kyo in 1940 to commemorate 2,600 years since the reign of Japan’s first emperor.
Surrounded by a vast forest, the shrine grounds are filled with a solemn atmosphere, with their two-storied gate painted in vermillion, Main Hall with its Omi-style architecture, and more.
Emperor Tenji was known as the founder of the clock because he was the first person in Japan to make a water clock, and a Clock Museum with water clocks and sun dials has since been established within the shrine grounds.
Omi Jingu Shrine is also famous for the national karuta (card game) championships, and the shrine is said to be connected to the creation of the game.
Traditional horseback archery is performed at the shrine annually on the first Sunday in June.
|Address||1-1 Jingu-cho, Otsu City|
・20 min walk from JR Otsu-Kyo Station
・10 min walk from Keihan Omi Jingu-mae Station
10 min from Meishin Expressway Kyoto-Higashi Interchange
|Parking||150 cars, several large vehicles
*Paid parking only from the night of December 31st to January 5th (Cars 500 yen)
|Business Hours||9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Clock Museum opens at 9:30 a.m.)|
|Closed on||No regular closing days (Clock Museum is closed on Mondays *Excludes National Holidays)|
|Price||Clock Museum Entrance Fee 300 yen
*9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed on Mondays except when Mondays are National Holidays