Ōharano Shrine

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Ōhorano Shrine (大原野神社, Ōharano jinja) is a Shinto shrine located in Nishikyō-ku, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.

Ōhorano is dedicated to the Fujiwara tutelary kami, Amenokoyane, who was said to have assisted in the founding of the state.[1]


The shrine became the object of Imperial patronage during the early Heian period.[2] 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 Ōharano Shrine.[3]

From 1871 through 1946, the Ōhorano Shrine was officially designated one of the Kanpei-chūsha (官幣中社), meaning that it stood in the second rank of government supported shrines.[4]

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  1. ^ McCullough, Helen Craig et al. (1985).Kokin Wakashū (poem 871), p. 171.
  2. ^ Breen, John et al. (2000). Shinto in History: Ways of the Kami, pp. 74-75.
  3. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, Richard Arthur Brabazon. (1962). Studies in Shinto and Shrines, pp. 116-117.
  4. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, pp. 126.

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Coordinates: 34°57′37″N 135°39′22″E / 34.96028°N 135.65611°E / 34.96028; 135.65611