Niukawakami Shrine

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Niukawakami Shrine
Niukawakami Shrine.jpg
Niukawakami Shrine at Nara in Japan.
Niukawakami Shrine is located in Japan
Niukawakami Shrine
Shown within Japan
Basic information
Location968 Ōaza Omura
Higashiyoshino Yoshino District
Nara prefecture
Geographic coordinates34°23′25″N 135°59′11″E / 34.39028°N 135.98639°E / 34.39028; 135.98639Coordinates: 34°23′25″N 135°59′11″E / 34.39028°N 135.98639°E / 34.39028; 135.98639
DeityMizuhanome [ja]
Festival16 October
Architectural description
Architectural styleNagare-zukuri
Date established675
Shinto torii icon vermillion.svg Glossary of Shinto

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


  • Breen, John and Mark Teeuwen. (2000). Shinto in History: Ways of the Kami. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-2363-4
  • Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1962). Studies in Shinto and Shrines. Kyoto: Ponsonby Memorial Society. OCLC 399449
  • ____________. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan. Kyoto: Ponsonby Memorial Society. OCLC 194887