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Introducing Shirahige Shrine!

This video, titled "Shirahige Shrine - Shiga - 白鬚神社 - 4K Ultra HD," introduces the beautiful scenery of Shirahige Shrine, a tourist attraction located on the shores of Lake Biwa in northern Shiga prefecture.

Shirahige Shrine is a beautiful shrine that is also popular as a power spot.
If you're headed out on a sightseeing trip to Shiga prefecture's Lake Biwa, be sure to visit Shirahige Shrine!
The vermilion torii gate floating on the lake is a mysterious and beautiful sight.

The History of Shirahige Shrine, a Power Spot in Shiga Prefecture

Image of the torii gate of Shirahige Shrine, Shiga Prefecture
Photo:The torii gate of Shirahige Shrine, Shiga Prefecture

Shirahige Shrine, located on the shores of Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture, is a historical shrine that is considered to be the main shrine of all Shirahige Shrines throughout the country.
Shirahige Shrine is said to have been built some 1900 years ago, around the time of Emperor Suinin, the 11th emperor of Japan, and is believed to be the oldest shrine in Omi, Shiga Prefecture.
Originally, there is a theory that god Hira who dwelt in the Hira Mountains of Shiga Prefecture was enshrined here as a deity.
It is believed that Shirahige Shrine blesses people with longevity, and after the Kamakura Period (1185-1333), the Ashikaga shogun often visited the shrine and it was widely revered by warlords.

Check Out the Sights at Shirahige Shrine on the Shores of Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture!

Image of the torii gate of Shirahige Shrine, Shiga Prefecture
Photo:The torii gate of Shirahige Shrine, Shiga Prefecture

The charm of Shirahige Shrine is of course the superb view of the vermilion Shirahige Shrine Torii that stands in Lake Biwa.
When traffic on Lake Biwa thrived, the Shirahige Shrine Torii is said to have served as a place of worship.
The large torii gate of Shirahige Shrine has a strong power that protects Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake.
If you go to Shirahige Shrine for sightseeing, don't forget to receive a shuin stamp as well!

In the precincts of Shirahige Shrine, there's a monument to Murasaki Shikibu, famous for "The Tale of Genji," and Matsuo Basho, who composed many waka poems in Omi.
We highly recommend checking this out if you have the chance.

Sightseeing Around Shiragane Shrine, Near the Famous Lake Biwa!

At the far end of the premises of Shirahige Shrine is a small hut called Iwato Shrine. This shrine can be seen from 4:09 in the video.

In addition, there are several ancient tombs scattered deep in the mountains behind the shrine.
When the weather is nice, take a hike along the trail to enjoy the natural scenery and visit the historical tombs.
After sightseeing, we recommend stopping by Shirahige Shokudo (白ひげ食堂) or Shirahige Soba (白ひげ蕎麦) in the surrounding area to enjoy the unique, hole-in-the-wall gourmet food of Shiga Prefecture.

Summary of Shiga Prefecture's Shiragane Shrine

Image of the torii gate of Shirahige Shrine, Shiga Prefecture
Photo:The torii gate of Shirahige Shrine, Shiga Prefecture

The majestic, vermillion torii gate of Shirahage Shrine that stands in the dignified Lake Biwa is, as you can see at 0:08 in the video, a beauty that can hardly be described in words.
In recent years, the mystical Shirahige Shrine Torii standing in Lake Biwa, has become a popular place for taking Instagram photos.
Be sure to visit Shirahige Shrine by Lake Biwa, one of the most popular power spots in Shiga Prefecture!

◆Shirahige Shrine|General Information◆
【Address】215 Ukawa, Takashima, Shiga
【Access】Approximately 3 km from JR Omi Takashima Station

【Tripadvisor】Shirahige Shrine

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Last Updated : Nov. 22, 2021
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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Shirahige Shrine - A Popular Location Full of Mystery Where You Can Enjoy a Spectacular View of Lake Biwa! The Vermilion-Colored Torii Gate in Shiga Prefecture Is a Must-See!
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