Said to be originally built over 2100 years ago, the Shirayama Hime Shrine sits in the southern part of Tsurugi, built high on the river terrace in order to overlook the Tedori River. It is a very quiet and serene location, with several smaller shrines located throughout the grounds. From the Heian Period (794 to 1185) through to the Middle Ages there were many manors in the area, and a powerful clan which called itself ‘Mizuhiki Shinjin’ ruled over the land. Even now, many of the ancestors of this clan continue to support the land.
It is originally a place to worship, and the starting point of the Kaga Zenjou pilgrimage route to Mt. Hakusan. Recently, many people come to pray for matchmaking and to strengthen family bonds. Blessed charms and talismans, as well as good luck fortunes can be purchased at the shrine store.
The shrine also offers the "Misogi" ritual - a Shinto ritual that purifies you physically and spiritually, and releases you from your daily stress. Shinto Misogi is only offered at a few shrines throughout Japan, making it a very unique experience. Visitors will be blessed not only throughout the Misogi ritual, but also beforehand at a private blessing that includes a sacred dance by the shrine's Priestesses. This is not an experience to miss! For more information on the Misogi experience click here.
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Free parking is available on both the east and west side of the shrine.
The west car park is located beneath the shrine, with an entrancing staircase leading up to the main gate. A souvenir shop, and restaurant are also located by the car park.
The east car park is located beside the shrine, for easy access. Many cafes and a souvenir store surround the car park.