Hiyoshi Taisha

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Higashi Hongū (East Hall of Worship)
Nishi Hongū (West Hall of Worship) Honden

Hiyoshi Taisha shrine (日吉大社?, the same characters used to be pronounced Hie Taisha)[citation needed] is a Shinto shrine located in Ōtsu, Shiga, Japan. This shrine is one of the Twenty-Two Shrines.

The West Hall of Worship (西本宮, nishi hon-gū?) and the East Hall of Worship (東本宮, higashi hon-gū?) have been designated by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as National Treasures in the category shrines.[1] This shrine heads the seventh largest shrine network in Japan, at about 4,000 shrines.

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Hiyoshi Taisha was first recorded in Kojiki, written in the 8th century. In the Middle Ages, the Enryaku-ji temple influenced the shrine to include some Buddhist essence.

The buildings of the shrine were burnt when Oda Nobunaga destroyed Enryaku-ji in 1571. The existing buildings were constructed in the last quarter of the 16th century.


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  1. ^ The Agency for Cultural Affairs (2008-11-01). 国指定文化財 データベース (in Japanese). Database of National Cultural Properties. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 

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Coordinates: 35°4′24.4″N 135°51′53.9″E / 35.073444°N 135.864972°E / 35.073444; 135.864972