With over 2,400 years of history, the historic shrine is adored by the locals, who gave it the nickname of ”Oyahiko-sama.” It is located at the foot of Mt. Yahiko and the current building is a reconstruction from 1915. The largest gate (known as the Otorii) was built in 1982 to commemorate the launch of the Joetsu Shinkansen.
Covered with ancient trees that exude a mystical air, the shrine's grounds cover an astonishing 132,200 square meters. After passing through the first red torii gate and proceeding across the stone bridge and the main road, you’ll find yourself standing before the imposing Zuishinmon gate, beyond which stands the hall of worship with its hip-and-gable roof.
The main shrine building is located behind the hall of worship but you are only allowed access to the hall of worship. Once you’ve prayed at the altar, go and see the smaller altar buildings and the performance stage building where traditional dance and religious music are performed as offerings. The treasure hall displays swords, warrior accessories, scripts, paintings and other historic treasures, as well as works by artists from Niigata.
The large torii gate is on Prefectural Road 29, about 3 km from the shrine’s entrance. It stands 30.16 m high, 20 m wide, and the top lumber is 38.5 m long. Mt. Yahiko is seen through the Otorii gate.
Located south of the shrine, Yahiko Park is known as a spot for beautiful cherry blossoms and stunning fall colors.
The treasure hall of Yahiko Shrine is open from 9:00 a.m. through to 4:00 p.m. It is closed in January and February.
2887-2 Yahiko, Yahiko-mura, Nishikanbara-gun, Niigata Prefecture, 959-0393
- Nearest Station
･ Yahiko Line
15 minutes on foot
- Phone Number
0256-94-2001Available languagesonly in Japanese
- Public Site
- Official Site