Yoshida Shrine

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Yoshida Shrine
Yoshida torii sakura 03.jpg
Yoshida torii at cherry blossom time.
Yoshida Shrine is located in Japan
Yoshida Shrine
Shown within Japan
Basic information
Location8 Yoshidakaguraokacho, Sakyō, Kyoto 606-8311
Geographic coordinates35°01′31″N 135°47′05″E / 35.0253488°N 135.784631968°E / 35.0253488; 135.784631968Coordinates: 35°01′31″N 135°47′05″E / 35.0253488°N 135.784631968°E / 35.0253488; 135.784631968
Architectural description
Architectural styleKasuga-zukuri
Date established859
Shinto torii icon vermillion.svg Glossary of Shinto

Yoshida Shrine (吉田神社, Yoshida jinja) is a Shinto shrine located in Sakyō-ku in Kyoto, Japan. It was founded in 859 by the Fujiwara clan.[1]

Yoshida Shrine and its branch shrines


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;[3] and in 991, Emperor Ichijō added three more shrines to Murakami's list — including Yoshida.[4]

From 1871 through 1946, the Yoshida 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.[5] Yoshida Kanetomo, founder of Yoshida Shinto, is buried here.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kyoto University: "The Ancient Shrine Continues to Watch Over Kyoto University." Archived May 23, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Breen, John et al. (2000). Shinto in History: Ways of the Kami, pp. 74-75.
  3. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1962). Studies in Shinto and Shrines, pp. 116-117.
  4. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, Shrines, p. 118.
  5. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, pp. 126.


  • 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