Prayer Hall And Shim-mon Gate Of Takeisao Jinja

Prayer hall and Shim-mon gate of Takeisao Jinja
Shot at Takeisao (kenkun) Jinja in Kyoto Tetsu Ozawa

The shrine gate can be seen beyond the hall of worship, which looks like a Noh stage

Climbing up the stairs, I found the shrine office, and after climbing more stairs, I reached the prayer hall. Beyond the hall with its wooden floor, I could see the Shin-mon gate. Beyond that is the main shrine. This is the Takeisao Jinja Shrine in Funaokayama, Kyoto, which is dedicated to Oda Nobunaga.

Oda Nobunaga lost his life in the Honnoji Incident in 1582. With that in mind, it would seem that this shrine has been in existence for a long time, but that is not the case. This shrine was built in 1870, about 300 years after Oda Nobunaga died and after the Meiji Restoration was over. It is said that the Emperor Meiji declared the shrine to be established in recognition of Oda Nobunaga's great achievements in unifying the country and reviving the dynasty during the turbulent warring states period.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels a little strange that the decree was made about 300 years after his death, in 1870, when the restoration of imperial rule had ended, but before the abolition of feudal domains and the order to cut hair and remove swords. It was probably because the world was still unstable due to the confusion after the Meiji Restoration that such a decree was made. However, in spite of the wishes of the Emperor Meiji, the Saga Rebellion of 1872 was the beginning of a series of samurai rebellions against the new government, including the Kamifuren Rebellion, the Akizuki Rebellion, and the Hagi Rebellion, and the Satsuma Rebellion, the largest civil war in Japan, began in 1877.


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Shooting Date

Feb 2020

Posted On

May 1, 2021


Takeisao Jinja, Kyoto


Architectural Photography