Hachiman shrine

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Iwashimizu Shrine, a Hachiman Shrine in Yawata, Kyoto.

A Hachiman shrine (八幡神社 Hachiman Jinja?, also Hachiman-gū (八幡宮?)) is a Shinto shrine dedicated to kami Hachiman.[1] It is the second most numerous type of Shinto shrine after those dedicated to Inari (see Inari Shrine).[1]

Originally the name was read Yawata or Yahata, a reading still used in some cases. Many towns and cities incorporating the names Hachiman, Yawata or Yahata grew around these shrines.

Famous Hachiman shrines[edit]

Other notable Hachiman shrines[edit]

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  1. ^ a b Motegi, Sadazumi. "Shamei Bunpu (Shrine Names and Distributions)" (in Japanese). Encyclopedia of Shinto. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 

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