Shirakawa Hachiman Shrine

Shirakawa Hachiman Shrine
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Page last updated: Nov, 10, 2020
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Jason Surguine

Shirakawa Hachiman Shrine is located behind the “Gassho-Zukuri” houses.
It is said that the shrine was founded in the early 700s.
In addition to dedicating unrefined, home‐brewed “Doburoku” sake to the gods, the shrine also dedicates the "Shirakawa village Lion Dance" and the "Shirakawa village Harukoma Dance," which are designated as Gifu Prefecture’s intangible folk cultural assets.

There is a large cedar tree on the premise, which is designated as the village’s natural treasure where you can enjoy the sacred atmosphere. The towering tree's height is 30 meters, the circumference of its trunk is 5.6 meters, and its age is between 200 to 300 years old.
Next to the large Torii gate on its right, the tree has a very majestic presence.

Interestingly, Shirakawa Hachiman Shrine is also known as the model for a shrine that appears in a famous animation. Inside the shrine, there is an overwhelming number of wooden plaques called 'Ema' that fans have left with illustrations related to the animation, showing the large number of fans who have visited this shrine.

Information of Spot Detail


556 Ogimachi, Shirakawa, Ono District, Gifu

Spot Types


Business Hours

9:00 to 17:00

Regular Holiday

No closing days




2 hour bus ride from JR Takaoka Station on the Kaetsuno Bus Line, 12 minute walk from the Shirakawa-go Bus Termina

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