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Taga Taisha Shrine
This is the first major shrine in Omi Province, which is known throughout Japan as the parent shrine of life, enshrining the deities Izanagi no Oogami and Izanami no Mikoto from the national birth myth.
It is the largest shrine in Omi Province, and is worshipped nationwide as the parent deity of life, with blessings such as healing from illness, prolonging life and longevity, marriage, and warding off evil. Takeda Shingen prayed to the shrine to get rid of bad luck, and Toyotomi Hideyoshi prayed for the prolongation of his mother's life, so the shrine was highly revered by the warlords of the time. The shrine is known as "Otaga-san" and still attracts about 1.7 million visitors a year.
The deities worshipped at the shrine are Izanagi no Oogami and Izanami no Mikoto, who were the first to enter into a matrimonial bond in ancient times and gave birth to the land of Japan and All the gods. As the parent deity of Amaterasu, the deity of the Ise Jingu, the shrine has a deep connection with the Ise Jingu, so much so that it is said, "If you go to Ise, go to Otaga, as Ise is the son of Otaga”.
When you step into the solemn and peaceful atmosphere of the shrine grounds, you will feel as if your body and mind have been cleansed. After visiting the main shrine, go around the precincts to see the sights. The Taga Taisha Garden, which stretches to the north of the inner sanctuary of the former Fudo-in Temple, is a famous pond garden created in the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1603) and is designated as a national scenic beauty. It is said that Hideyoshi donated the garden, along with the Taikobashi Bridge and the Taikozura, to the shrine as thanks for the cure of his mother's illness.
In the Yoro era, when Emperor Gensho was ill, he offered a ladle along with the rice offered to the gods and was immediately cured. The ladle, which has been popular as a lucky charm for good health since ancient times, can be dedicated as an ema (votive picture tablet).
Also famous is the Manto Festival, a summer event held every year in early August in the Lake Country. The festival is held in early August to give thanks to the goddess Izanami, who protects the spirits of the ancestors, and the shrine grounds are filled with more than 10,000 lanterns.
The shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Omi Province and is popularly known as "Otaga-san".
The deities worshipped here are Izanagi no Oogami and Izanami no Mikoto, who are known for the myth of the birth of the nation.
The shrine is also home to the famous Taga Taisha Garden, which is said to have been donated by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
It is also famous for the Manto Festival, a summer festival held every August.
- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 604 Taga, Tagacho, Inukami Gun, Shiga
- Open every day
- Free admission (300 yen for the Oku Shoin Garden, 500 yen for the spring and autumn special openings)
- 10-minute walk from Taga Taisha-mae Station on the Omi Railway.
- Credit Cards
- Not accepted
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)