Lake Biwa, My Travels — August 8, 2013 at 12:12 PM

The “White Beard” shrine; Shirahige Jinja (白鬚神社) by Lake Biwa!

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The famous Torii of the “White Beard” shrine by the Biwako Lake, Shirahige Jinja (白鬚神社). This Torii stands about 30 metres offshore on Lake Biwa in Shiga-ken. Sunrise is the ideal time to take a photo.

The famous Torii of the “White Beard” shrine by the Biwako Lake, Shirahige Jinja (白鬚神社). This Torii stands about 30 meters offshore on Lake Biwa in Shiga-ken. Sunrise is the ideal time to take a photo.

Shirahige Jinja (白鬚神社) is a Shinto shrine in Takashima in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The shrine is dedicated to Sarutahiko Ōkami (猿田毘古大神). It is the head shrine of the Shirahige Shrines around the country.
It seems the Shirahige Jinja (白鬚神社) has a long history, it was founded in 1603 and Toyotomi Hideyoshi had something to do with it. Its most famous landmark is the Torri which stands about 30 meters offshore in Lake Biwa.
Shiga was known as Ōmi Province or Gōshū before the prefectural system was established. Omi was a neighbor of Nara and Kyoto, at the junction of western and eastern Japan. During the period 667 to 672, Emperor Tenji founded a palace in Otsu. In 742, Emperor Shōmu founded a palace in Shigaraki. In the early Heian Period, Saichō was born in the north of Otsu and founded Enryaku-ji.

Side view of the Honden and Haiden  of the Shirahige Jinja (白鬚神社) The “White Beard” shrine by Lake Biwa!

Side view of the Honden and Haiden of the Shirahige Jinja (白鬚神社) The “White Beard” shrine by Lake Biwa!

No matter where you go in this part of Japan, you’re bound to find many historical sites dating back sometimes more than a 1000 years.

Sarutahiko Ōkami (猿田毘古大神, 猿田彦大神), is the leader of the earthly kami, deity of the Japanese religion of Shinto. Sarutahiko Ōkami is seen as a symbol of strength and guidance, which is why he is the patron of martial arts such as aikido.

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The Kaguraden of the Shirahige Jinja (白鬚神社) The “White Beard” shrine by Lake Biwa!

The Kaguraden of the Shirahige Jinja (白鬚神社) The “White Beard” shrine by Lake Biwa!

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