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Taga Taisha, Taga-cho

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Taga-taisha is a Shinto shrine located in Taga, Shiga Prefecture, Japan dedicated to Izanagi and Izanami. It is associated with long life, successful marriage and good fortune. The shrine is frequently referred to as O-taga-san by local residents. The gardens of the inner shoin are a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty.HistoryThis ancient shrine is old enough to have been mentioned in the Kojiki. According to that text it dates from 620, having been built during a time when Buddhism and Shinto were both doing very well. It contains both a Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine. The shrine has beautiful garden and a stone bridge, which were constructed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi as an offering for his mother's long life. It is next to the study attached to the Shrine offices.FestivalsKorei-taisai: Most important festival held on April 22. Also known as Taga-matsuri.Otaue-sai: A festival of planting rice with traditional rites held on June 7.Mantō-sai: A lantern festival held on the night of August 3-5.Specialty goodsOtaga-shakushi: A talisman shakushi from the reign of Empress Genshō. Allegedly the origin of the Japanese word otamajakushi.Itokiri-mochi: A Japanese sweet made of mochi rice sold at souvenir shops around the shrine. Itokiri-mochi was first made to celebrate the Japanese victory over the Mongols.
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  • The shrine was founded in 660 A.D., and was even mentioned in the Kojiki - the oldest book in Japan. The shrine has a similar style to Ise Grand Shrine or Izumo Taisha, so the colours are very subdued...  more »
  • Excellent historic shrine. Origins date back to the 600s. Small row of red gates behind the main building. Saw some priests doing a ritual while we were there. Nice taiko drum in the main building. Wo...  more »
  • Taga Taisha is one of my favorite temples in Shiga! It's got a bit of everything and is in a super cute area, complete with a few omiyage shops. If you can be there for a festival you're in luck! I've...  more »
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  • Simply superb! Gorgeous shrine. Calming, relaxing and enchanting.
  • Pass through the gate and took a bridge. Was allowed to visit in the evening, but had to decline. I think more was the widely during the day when you. Before the Shrine had several shops, but I'm sure I'm lively during the day. It is also to visit the shrine.
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  • The crowds at the new year. Is lined with stalls, lively. Make home buying thread cutting rice cake is a classic. Many tourists, even non-new year's period. Toyotomi Hideyoshi also seems anxious mother's health in Taga Taisha Shrine.
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  • Thread cutting rice cake is famous. I approach almost immediately and Mairi without good where you can. Trouble praying when neighborhood parking is nearly full, find, teeming with people, people, people.
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  • Degrees from the Grand shrine of ISE. Table in face's by Admiral Heihachiro Togo Federation fleet commander. Tourist parking is located just down the road is free of charge. However, umai note ww thread cutting rice cake, so there is a snow monkey.
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