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Sakakiyama Hachiman Shrine

A Shintō shrine in Akitsu with a sake theme.

Sakakiyama Hachiman Shrine

Sakakiyama Hachiman is a Shintō shrine in Akitsu dedicated to Hachiman, the guardian deity of warriors. The shrine is also home to Tenmangū Shrine, dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, the god of learning, Matsuo Shrine, dedicated to the god of sake brewing, and Akitsu Gokoku Shrine, dedicated to 581 war dead. The start of the long approach to the shrine overlooks a shipyard and oyster beds on the Seto Inland Sea. In front of the torii gate is a washbasin, donated in 1716. Lining the sloping approach are stone lanterns donated in 1876 and inscribed with the names of merchants from Mitsu.  families in 1876, and sake barrels from sake brewers in the Meiji and Taisho periods. In keeping with the theme of sake, in the shrine compound is a fine bronze statue of Miura Senzaburō, who devised a method for brewing sake with the soft water of Hiroshima.

The shrine was moved to its present location on Sakakiyama in 1105 during the Heian period. The present main shrine was reconstructed in 1907.


Name in Japanese: 榊山八幡神社

Pronunciation: sakaki-yama hachiman-jinja

Address: 5559 Akitsucho Mitsu, Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima 739-2402

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