The shrine is said to have been built in 1233 by Fujiwara no Chikazane, who was appointed as a chief priest of Itsukushima Shrine by the Kamakura Shogunate and came to this province. He transferred the deity of Egara Tenjin Shrine in Kamakura to this place of Mt. Sasao and built the shrine as the guardian god of his family. The present shrine building is the one that was reconstructed in 1889. At the heart of the main hall is the wooden statue of the enshrined deity, Sugawara no Michizane, who is in Ikan-sokutai (the ancient clothes for the officials) with a shaku in his hands and seated on a tatami mat. As the god of study, the shrine is worshipped by a lot of people even today. The annual festival on the 2nd Saturday and Sunday in October is held as the festival dedicated to the city’s guardian god. The town is bustled with a Mikoshi (portable shrine) parade led by a group of yakko (samurai’s servants) carrying keyari (feather-topped lance).
- 3-1 Tenjin, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan 738-0012
- Hatsukaichi Tenmangu Shrine