Hirota Shrine

Hirota Shrine

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is a Shinto shrine in Nishinomiya City, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. Nishinomiya literally means "shrine of the west," and the town is in fact named after Hirota Shrine.


Hirota Shrine is near the Hankyū Kōyō Line, between Kurakuenguchi Station and Kōyōen Station. It is near the Nishinomiya City bus stop "Taisha Machi".


Hirota Shrine is one of three shrines which, according to Nihon Shoki, a historical epic chronicle, was established by the Empress Jingū in the 3rd century. According to legend, Amaterasu, Goddess of the Sun, and arguably the most important kami in Shinto, speaks and declares that she and the other gods of Japan must be enshrined in Hirota, Nagata, Ikuta, and Sumiyoshi. The Empress Consort did as commanded, and then achieved her political ambitions.

The shrine became the object of Imperial patronage during the early Heian period.Breen, John et al. (2000). In 965, Emperor Murakami ordered that Imperial messengers were sent to report important events to the guardian kami of Japan. These heihaku were initially presented to 16 shrines;Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1962). Studies in Shinto and Shrines, pp. 116-117. and in 991, Emperor Ichijō added three more shrines to Murakami's list — including Hirota.Ponsonby-Fane, Shrines, p. 118.

According to the English-language brochure available at the shrine, in the 11th century,...
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