Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Washibara Hachimangu is a couple of kilometers outside of the town center of Tsuwano, so doesnt get as many visitors, which is a shame as its quite a beautiful shrine, especially in the cherry blossom season.
The thatched gate is very unusual.
The shrine was founded in the 13th century when Tsuwano castle was first built.
The kami, Hachiman, is the god of war and the protective deity of the samurai.
The shrine does get hundreds of visitors in early April when Yabusame, horseback archery, is performed. In the grounds of the shrine are the only remaining yabusame grounds from the kamakura period.