Yoshino Mikumari Shrine
The honden, or main hall, is an Important Cultural Property
|Dedicated to||Ame-no-mikumari-no-kami (main deity)|
|Founded||Unknown, possibly 806|
|Address||1612 Yoshino-yama, Yoshino-chō Yoshino-gun, Nara-ken|
|Glossary of Shinto|
The Shrine is dedicated to mikumari, a female Shinto kami associated with water, fertility and safe birth. Yoshino Mikumari Shrine is one of four important mikumari shrines in the former province Yamato. The shrine also houses six kami that are more or less related to mikumari (Takami-musubi-no-kami, Sukuna-hiko-no-kami, Mikogami, Ama-tsu-hiko-hi-no-ninigi-no-mikoto], Tamayori-hime-no-mikoto, and Yorozu-hata-toyo-akitsushi-hime-no-mikoto). A wooden statue of the deity Tamayori hime is registered as a National Treasure of Japan.
The presents day buildings go back to 1605, when Toyotomi Hideyori rebuilt the shrine, as his father Toyotomi Hideyoshi once had prayed here for a son and successor. The main hall (honden), an Important Cultural Property，is an unusual structure 9 ken long and 2 ken wide. Built in the nagare-zukuri style, it has however an independent 1x1 ken unit in the kasuga-zukuri style at the center. The three resulting edifices all lie under the same bark roof, which has three dormer gables.
In 2004, It was designated as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.
- List of Shinto shrines
- Twenty-Two Shrines
- List of National Treasures of Japan (sculptures)
- Modern system of ranked Shinto Shrines
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