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Takebe Taisha Shrine

Said to be the foremost shrine in Omi, and in terms of length of history and overall pedigree, one of the premier and oldest shrines in all of Japan. It enshrines Yamato Takeru no Mikoto, and the shrine treasure is a Heian period (794 - 1185) wooden statue of a goddess said to be Yamato Takeru no Mikoto's queen. Both the statue and a stone lantern in the grounds are designated Important Cultural Properties.
The Senko-sai Festival, held in August each year, is one of the representiative festivals of Takebe Tasisha Shrine. It is based in the events of Yamato Takeru's crossing of the sea. The Setagawa River becomes the sea route that he used, with a mikoshi shrine sailing down it, and overall the festival is a strong repsentation of the gratitude offered for the blessings of water to both Lake Biwa and the Setagawa River that is one with it.

Address 1-16-1 Jinryo, Otsu City, Shiga
Opening Hours 9:00 - 16:00 Open every day
Inquiries +81-77-545-0038
Access Keihan Electric Railway Ishiyama Sakamoto Line Karahashimae Station 15 min. on foot
Website http://takebetaisha.jp/

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