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伊豆山神社 Izusan-jinjya Izusan Shrine

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Izusan Shrine located in Izusan, Atami City, Shizuoka Pref. is a historic shrine, which was listed in the Engishiki (codes and procedures on national rites and prayers) in the Heian period (794-1192) and designated as the headquarters of all the tutelary shrines in the Kanto region during the Kamakura period (1192-1333). The enshrined deities are Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto. This is the virtual head of all the Izusan shrines, Izu shrines and Hashiriyu shrines all over the country. The exact foundation date is unknown, but the shrine record says it was founded in 5th to 4th centuries B.C. The original shrine was built in Mt. Higane, and then moved to Mt. Hongusan. There are several opinions about the transition of the shrine, but according to the dominant one, it was moved o this place in 836 by the priest Kenan of Kai province (present-day Yamanashi Pref.). The shrine is famous for the power to realize one’s cherished desire, because Minamoto no Yoritomo prayed for the revival of Genji at this shrine and succeeded in defeating Heike and established the Kamakura Shogunate. The shrine is also said to have the power to bring good fortune in marriage, because young Yoritomo and Hojo Masako had a date in the precinct.

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708-1 Izusan, Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture 413-0002
Izusan Jinjya

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