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Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine

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4.3 (2608)

5-chōme-1-1 Sakamoto, Otsu, Shiga 520-0113, Japan

Serene shrine complex in grounds with trees, bridges & a stream, known for fall colors.

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Mondays: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Tuesdays: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Wednesdays: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Thursdays: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Fridays: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturdays: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Sundays: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

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Henry Chew 2 months ago

Really peaceful and serene shrine. Shiga is definitely an excellent spot to escape from the crowds in Kyoto. This place is good for all seasons and the autumn colours just made it that much better for viewing pleasure! There was also a free night illumination that makes this such a must see spot !

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Divertimento 3 months ago

Hiyoshi Taisha, located in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, is a Shinto shrine with a rich history dating back over 2,000 years. Founded during the reign of Emperor Sujin, it has served as a sacred site dedicated to the deity Hiyoshi Okami, associated with water and agriculture. The shrine gained prominence during the Heian period and became closely linked to the powerful Minamoto and Taira clans. Hiyoshi Taisha is unique for its syncretic worship of Shinto and Buddhism, exemplified by its connection to the nearby Enryaku-ji, a prominent Buddhist temple on Mount Hiei. The annual Sanno Matsuri festival, held in June, is a highlight, attracting visitors with vibrant processions and traditional performances. Throughout centuries, the shrine has undergone reconstruction due to natural disasters and conflicts. Today, it stands as a cultural and historical treasure, reflecting Japan's enduring spiritual traditions and the integration of Shinto and Buddhist influences.

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Terry “Monochromist” Chua 3 months ago

Quiet shrine at a much less touristy area to enjoy autumn leaves. Plenty of walking space and very clean toilets. Definitely a place to visit if you are into Shinto shrine and autumn colours. Y$500 to enter.

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Ben Hsu 10 months ago

Hiyoshi Taisha is an old Japanese shrine, and it has a forest-style yard and garden which has numerous old, tall trees for more than several hundred years. In addition, the visitors can see the clean flow of water circulating or flowing through various temples in the Shrine area. But the Shrine may be in crisis probably due to insufficient fund for the maintenance and repair. For example, most of the tree-bark roofs of the Shrine's worshiping temples are in damaging conditions. Also, a few lion-shaped Guards in front of the worshipping shrines or temples are also in damaged condition. Visitors who are interested in the Shrine can take the same Keihan commuter train to visit Ishiyama-dera Temple of the Otsu area. Alos, there are various other smaller temples outside Hiyoshi Taisha, between subway station and Shrine's main gate.

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Corbin InJapan 6 years ago

One place in Shiga prefecture you should DEFINITELY make a stop at. Beautiful hiking area and one of the cheaper entrance fees. SO MUCH to discover in the surrounding area!