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尾山神社 Oyama Shrine

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  • Around Kanazawa
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Around Kanazawa
11-1 Oyamamachi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa 920-0918, Japan
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Date of post:2015/07/24

Unique combination between the western and the eastern culture

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When you step up the stone stairs through the red gate that is found in most Japanese shrines (Torii), you can reach a unique gate which is called "Kamimon". It is a feature of the Oyama shrine. The gate looks like a western traditional gate but it was influenced by the Chinese style.
The main shrine has a traditional Japanese style. But, if you look carefully, you can see some bricks used as a fence at the right side of the main shrine. It is a unique Japanese shrine.

In 1873, Oyama shrine was founded during the Meiji period (1868-1912) when Japan first opened its doors to the outside world and other civilizations. You can see some combination between the western and the eastern culture. This is also the period when Japan started its industrialization and westernization.

In Oyama shrine, Toshiie MAEDA has been enshrined. Toshiie MAEDA was a feudal lord of this region, called the Kaga domain. After he passed away in 1599, he was enshrined in what is considered the predecessor of the Oyama shrine, the Utatsu Hachiman shrine near Kanazawa castle. There is a statue of Toshiie MAEDA in the site of the Oyama shrine and a stone monument of his wife, Omatsunokata. They say that she was a very talented person in both study and martial arts.

Behind the Toshiie MAEDA statue and the stone monument of Omatsunokata, there is a Japanese style garden. It is also one of main features of the Oyama shrine. It is incredible! The garden was created to imitate an ancient instrument. You can see some unique bridges like in Kenrokuen park. The quality of the garden is very high and registered as a scenic spot by Ishikawa prefecture.

Oyama shrine is located in a very convenient place. It is near Kanazawa castle. It is the center of a busy shopping street. Among the buildings, you will find the entrance to the Oyama shrine. There is a bus stop, Minami-cho・Oyama Jinja shrine.
If you go sightseeing in Kanazawa, a one day pass is very convenient. And, Oyama shrine is a must-see spot in Kanazawa.

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