Wakamiya Shrine

Wakamiya 15sya meguri|1st Wakamiya Shrine

漢字(Kanji)Chinese Charater若宮神社

Deity: Amenooshikumone-no-mikoto
God who gives us the right wisdom.

Wakamiya Shrine Honden, Hainoya

Honden(本殿) founded in 1135 and Hainoya(拝舎)founded in 1178.
The deity of wakamiya has been enshrined at the present position since 1135.

About Makamiya Shrine

Basically with Shinto, wakamiya(若宮)is a shrine dedicated to the offspring (mikogami) of the kami worshiped at a main shrine.
Wakamiya Shrine’s deity is the child of 3rd and 4th Kasuga Shrine’s deities.
Third Deity – Amenokoyane-no-mikoto
Fourth Deity – Himegami
The deity of Wakamiya was born in 1003, the middle of the Heian period.
At first he was enshrined at Kasuga Shrine as 5th deity, but with the wishes and efforts of many people, Wakamiya Shrine was established in order to exert his energy to save more people with his excellent youthful spiritual power.
Today, he is known as a god who promotes people’s vitality and gives them proper wisdom.

Kasuga Wakamiya Onfestival:

Wakamiya no Koubai

It is said this Japanese apricot was donated in 1581 by Yoneya Soukei, who was deeply religious in Kasuga Taisha. This tree is grafted from famous “Hito-wa-Isa” Japanese apricot at Yamato-Hase-dera Temple.

Wakamiya Jinjya Hosodono and Kaguraden

Founded in 1135. From the north(on the observers’ right), the building called Hosodono is three columns, next one column is Orou, following six columns is the building called Kaguraden. These three buildings meet in a block, which remains the way of Shinden-zukuri of the Heian Period(794-1191) late stage. shaden-kagura is played on the occasion of festivals.


Yatsufusa-fuji (Wisteria floribunda)
This Japanese wisteria winding Nagi tree(podocarpus nagi) located north side of Wakamiya-jinja Honden, which looks like a big snake, has been called “Yatsufusa-fuji” or “Yatsu-fuji” for a long time. As time passed, it was named after its big vine which separated in 8 or its 8 layered petals. It usually blooms a week later compared to the other wisteria. Its oldest history is 1469 and its tree age is thought of as more than 500 years.

Wakamiya 15sya meguri 3rd&4th Shrine

3rd Hyousu Shrine (兵主ひょうす神社)
Deity: Onamuchi no mikoto
God of Longevity

4th Nangu Shrine (南宮なんぐう神社)
Deity: Kanayamahiko no kami
God of Fortune.

Wakamiya no okusu(若宮大楠)

Wakamiya-no-okusu(若宮大楠わかみやおおくす) Height 24m Circumference 11.46m
This camphor tree is one of the biggest trees in the Nara prefecture. It is said that three different young trees stuck together became one tree as they grew. It is said that the top of the trunk broke due to heavy snow in 1719, resulting in low trees

Next is Oai-michi path(御間道) to Kasuga Shrine.


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