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Shirahige Shrine

The symbol of the shrine is a large torii gate in the middle of Lake Biwa, which is known as a power spot with a spectacular view.

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Shrine

Standing in the northwestern part of Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan, this is the oldest Shinto shrine in Omi, which is said to be over 2,000 years old. The vermilion-lacquered Otorii gate stands in the middle of the lake across Route 161, reminiscent of the Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, Hiroshima Prefecture, and is called the "Itsukushima of Omi”.

It is the head office of the Shirahige Shrine, which is one of the many shrines in Japan, and enshrines Sarutahiko-no-mikoto as its deity. As the name "Shirahige" suggests, the shrine has long been worshipped as the god of longevity and white beards, and is believed to be beneficial for prolonging life and longevity. In addition, the shrine has been worshipped nationwide as a "guiding deity" for all the activities and karma of the human world, with blessings for marriage, good luck, and academic success.

The main shrine, built in 1603 at the request of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and donated by his son Hideyori, is designated as a national important cultural property. The eternal lantern inscribed with the date of construction in August 1833 is a must-see. The temple is also dotted with monuments to poems written by famous poets such as Murasaki Shikibu, Matsuo Basho, and Yosano Tekkan and Yosano Akiko. Take a leisurely stroll around the precincts of the temple while thinking about its history.

In recent years, the mysterious sight of the Otorii gate floating on Lake Biwa has become a hot topic on social media. Many young people visit the shrine as a power spot with a spectacular view. The sunrise over the gate, the contrast of vermilion against the blue sky, and the night view of the island with the moon in the background are just a few of the many expressions of the gate that you can enjoy.

Highlights

  • The vermilion-lacquered Otorii gate standing in the middle of Lake Biwa is a popular landmark.
  • Many young people come to visit the shrine as a power spot with a spectacular view.
  • In addition to longevity, the shrine offers a variety of other benefits such as marriage and good fortune.
  • The main shrine, a national important cultural property, and a monument to a poet are among the many attractions.
  • The mystical Otorii gate has become a hot topic on social networking sites.

Photos

  • The symbol of the temple is the large torii gate standing in the middle of Lake Biwa.
Biwako Visitors Bureau Public Interest Incorporated Association

    The symbol of the temple is the large torii gate standing in the middle of Lake Biwa. Biwako Visitors Bureau Public Interest Incorporated Association

  • Don't miss the Otorii Gate, which changes its expression from moment to moment.
Biwako Visitors Bureau Public Interest Incorporated Association

    Don't miss the Otorii Gate, which changes its expression from moment to moment. Biwako Visitors Bureau Public Interest Incorporated Association

  • Many poetry monuments stand in the precincts
Biwako Visitors Bureau Public Interest Incorporated Association

    Many poetry monuments stand in the precincts Biwako Visitors Bureau Public Interest Incorporated Association

Reviews

2
  • Chien Fong

    佇立在湖邊一個美麗的神社,特地從車站搭計程車過來,真的不枉此行。

  • 陳思予

    地點偏僻交通很不方便,要走到對面鳥居拍照,路上車流量大要非常注意小心。

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Details

Name in Japanese
白鬚神社
Postal Code
520-1122
Address
215 Ukawa, Takashima City, Shiga
Tel
0740-36-1555
Regular Holidays
None
Hours of operation
9:00am -5:00pm
Admission
Free
Access
40 minute walk or 5 minute cab ride from Omi-Takashima Station on the JR Kosei Line.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)