Niukawakami Shrine

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Niukawakami Shrine at Nara in Japan.

Niukawakami Shrine (丹生川上神社 Niukawakami Jinja?), also known as Nibukawakami Jinja, is a Shinto shrine located at Nara in Nara, Japan.


The shrine became the object of Imperial patronage during the early Heian period.[1] In 965, Emperor Murakami ordered that Imperial messengers were sent to report important events to the guardian kami of Japan. These heihaku were initially presented to 16 shrines including the Niukawakami Shrine.[2]

From 1871 through 1946, the Nibukawakami Jinja was officially designated one of the Kanpei-taisha (官幣大社?), meaning that it stood in the first rank of government supported shrines. [3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Breen, John et al. (2000). Shinto in History: Ways of the Kami, pp. 74-75.
  2. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1962). Studies in Shinto and Shrines, pp. 116-117.
  3. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, pp. 124.


Coordinates: 34°23′25″N 135°59′11″E / 34.39028°N 135.98639°E / 34.39028; 135.98639