Tatsuta Shrine

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Tatsuta Shrine (龍田大社, Tatsuta-taisha)
Torii at the entrance of Tatsuta Shrine
Tatsuta Shrine is located in Japan
Tatsuta Shrine
Shown within Japan
Geographic coordinates34°35′35″N 135°41′15″E / 34.59306°N 135.68750°E / 34.59306; 135.68750Coordinates: 34°35′35″N 135°41′15″E / 34.59306°N 135.68750°E / 34.59306; 135.68750
Shinto torii icon vermillion.svg Glossary of Shinto

Tatsuta Shrine (龍田大社, Tatsuta-taisha) is a Shinto shrine located in Sangō, Nara in Japan. The shrine is also known in Japanese (esp. formerly) as Tatsuta-jinja (龍田神社).

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 Tatsuta Shrine.[2]

From 1871 through 1946, the Tatsuta Shrine 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