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) 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. This shrine heads the seventh largest shrine network in Japan, at about 4,000 shrines.
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.
- ^ 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.
- 山王総本宮 日吉大社 - Hiyoshi Taisha's official website (Japanese)
Coordinates: 35°4′24.4″N 135°51′53.9″E / 35.073444°N 135.864972°E