|Koganeyama Jinja |
Haiden of Koganeyama Jinja
|Founded||c. 767 AD|
|Address||23 Koganegu-mae, Wakuya-machi, Tōda-gun, Miyagi-ken|
|Glossary of Shinto|
The Koganeyama Jinja (黄金山神社) is a Shintō shrine in the town of Wakuya Tōda District, Miyagi Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan. It claims to have been built on the site of the first gold mine in Japan, and is protected by the central government as a National Historic Site.
The main festival of the shrine is held annually on September 15.
The primary kami of Koganeyama Jinja is Kanayama-hiko-no-kami (金山彦神).
The foundation of the Koganeyama Jinja and the date of discovery of gold in the region are unknown. In 740 AD, when Emperor Shomu was constructing the Nara Daibutsu, a call was sent out to all provinces requesting the donation of gold for the statue. The ruler of Mutsu Province, Kudara-no-konikishi Kyofuku, responded with 900 ryō of gold (approximately 13 kilograms) from Tōda District, followed by an additional 900 ryō of gold sand two years later. Mention of a shrine at this location is made in the Engishiki records from 767 AD.
The current Shinmei-zukuri style shrine structure dates from 1909.
- "黄金山産金遺跡". Cultural Heritage Online (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
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