An oldest shrine construction that is existing
The shrine is located at eastside of Uji river and submontane of Mt. Asahi.
The origin is not clear, for example we do not know when is the foundation.. Ujinorakiirakko was an imperial prince of the Emperor Oujin and loved by the Emperor (his father), He became a crown prince, but he and his brother, who became the Emperor Nintoku later, were transferred the imperial throne to each other. He committed suicide and his brother got the imperial throne. ( Another. proposition is existed. They say it was a conflict.)
Before the Meiji Restoration, Uji shrine and Ujigami shrine were called “Ujirikyu-Myojin” and “Hachimansha”. Uji shrine near Ujigami shrine consists of “Shimoyashiro Wakamiya”, in other hand, Ujigami shrine consists of “Kamiyashiro Motomiya”.
In 16th year of the Heisei (2004) February, Narabunka research laboratory and Uji city and etc researched it. As a result of measuring age of annual rings, Honden Hall was proved to be the oldest shrine construction, Byodo-in, which was founded on 1052 and we could understand the shrine had a strong relationship with Byodo-in temple.
- 59 Yamada, Uji, Uji-shi, 611-0021
- Formal Name
- Ujigami shrine
- Date Founded
- Not Known
- Cultural Properties
Honden Hall, Haiden Hall (National Treasure)
Honden Haiden (National Treasure)
Sessha Kasuga Jinja Honden （National Important Property）
- The Emperor Oujin, Ujinorakiirakko・the Emperor Nintoku
- Annual Festival
- May 1
Free in the precincts
- Access Guide
Keihan Uji-line : “Uji station” about 10 minutes’ walk
JR Nara-line. “Uji station”about 20 Minutes’ walk
- Official Website