Yahiko Shrine

Yahiko Shrine

Yahiko Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Niigata prefecture in Chubu district. The shrine is dedicated to Ame no Kaguyama no Mikoto ( the god of land reclamation ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan) , and was occupying the highest rank among the shrines of a province.

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Name Yahiko Shrine
"弥彦神社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 2887-2, Yahiko, Yahiko-mura, Nishikanbara-gun, Niigata, Japan
"新潟県西蒲原郡弥彦村弥彦2887-2" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 30-minute drive from the Sanjyo-Tsubame I.C. on the Hokuriku Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0256-94-2001

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Kojiki

Kojiki (古事記, "Records of Ancient Matters" or "An Account of Ancient Matters"), also known as Furukotofumi, is the oldest extant chronicle in Japan, dating from the early 8th century (711-712) and composed by O no Yasumaro at the request of Empress Genmei. The Kojiki is a collection of myths concerning the origin of the four home islands of Japan, and the Kami. Along with the Nihon Shoki, the myths contained in the Kojiki are part of the inspiration behind many practices. Later, the myths were re-appropriated for Shinto practices including the misogi purification ritual.

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