Daishogun Hachi Shrine

Travel Information

Daishogun Hachi Shrine (大将軍八神社) is located in the central Kyoto. It was established in 794. This shine was built for protecting the imperial palace. Hachi means eight comes from the Onmyodo gods 8 Shogun. It also enshrines the 8 sons of Susano no Mikoto. This place was very important for Onmyodo to protect the imperial palace.

Visitor's Info.
There is no parking.
There is a restroom.

0. at Kyoto Station.
1. use JR Sanin line to Kadomachi Station.
2. walk north.

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Daishogun Hachi Shrine
When the ancient capital was established in Kyoto, this shrine was founded near the Tenmon Gate, in the north-western corner of the inner palace area, to enshrine the guardian deity of direction who also protects people from disaster. Known as "Daishogun," the God of Starts in the ancient Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang presides over the direction. It is said that this god was highly revered and worshipped by people in power.

More than 100 statues of deities or "Shinzo" have been preserved in the shine and were dedicated during a peak of faith in the Daishogun from the middle of the Heian to the Kamakura period. Eighty were designated as Important Cultural Properties in 1972.