When the Heian-kyou (the ancient Japanese capital) was made, the Daishougun-Hachijinja Shrine was built for the purpose of getting rid of evil spirits. It is located northwest from the Heian-kyou. The exact foundation years are unknown; however it has a long history dating all the way back to the Heian Period. It is called the Daishogun-Hachijinja Shrine because it has eight gods of fortune. ('hachi' means eight)
80 images of the commanders in chief are enshrined in the precincts of the shrine. Although some are damaged, it is very rare for this many images of gods to be collected in one shrine, so it is designated as important cultural properties by the country. Many people visit the shrine before events related to directions, such as vacations and moving. Though it is a small shrine, it definitely plays a significant role in the local area.
Train: Eight minutes from the Kitano-Shimo-Hakubai-chou Station on Keifuku Line Bus: Five minutes from the city bus Kitano-Tenmangu Stop.
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Description: Daishogun-Hachijinja Shrine
|Sights||Daishogun-Hachijinja Shrine (大将軍八神社)|
48, Nishi-machi, Nishiiru, Ichijoudo Orionmae-dori, Kamigyou-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 075-461-0694 / Fax: 075-461-0684|
|Admission Fee||Pay part admission: 500yen|
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|Recommended target||Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Daishogun-Hachijinja Shrine