Yasugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is the guardian of Yakushiji temple. Before worshiping at Yakushiji Temple, It is manners to visit Yasugaoka Hachimangu first to purify the body and mind.
The approach to Shrine with Sakura Trees.
If you go west from Yasugaoka Hachimangu through railway crossing, there is the stone monument, and the path with Sakura Trees. When you come here with Cherry blossom season, it is very nice little path to walk.
In front of Torii Gate, Temizusya (Water Basin)
“honji-suijaku”（本地垂迹） and “shinbutsu-shugo” (神仏習合) .
Honji-suijaku is the theory of original reality and manifested traces, according to which Shinto Kami are manifestations of Buddhas under the concept of shinbutsu-shugo.
Shinbutsu-shugo is the syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism.
Honji-suijyaku is one of the idea under the syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism from Nara period when Buddhism came to Japan.
“Yorozu no kami” “millions of Gods” under the believes of Shinto in Japan, are actually incarnation of various deities of Buddhism.
Buddhas and Shinto kami are thought to be beneficial to each other and they would save the world.
In Kanpyo era (889-897), the highest priest of Yakushiji temple, “Eisho” transferred the image of the dieties of the Hachiman shrine, which are “Sogyo Hachimanshin”, “Empress Jingu”, and “Nakatsuhime-no-mikoto” as guardian Kami of the temple.
* Sogyo Hachimanshin: 僧形八幡神 is the deity of Hachiman incarnate as a monk under the idea of Honji-suijaku.
Honden(本殿) and Wakiden (脇殿)
After being destroyed or burnt away due to several natural and man-made disaster, the present building was built in 1603 at the wish of Hideyori Toyotomi. Other buildings, such as Mizugaki-mon (the innermost gate), Ro-mon (two storied) and Chu-mon (the middle gate) were also newly produced but they collapsed in the earthquake.
Honden (the main shrine) was built in the sangensya nagare-zukuri (architecture of three-bay wide structure with a gable roof), and Wakiden (hall standing nearby main hall) is connected to on either side of the Honden.
“Zakoya” 座小屋 : Shrine Office(社務所)
Yakushiji Parking Lot
Huge Parking lot, 500 Yen.