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Shirahige Jinja The “White Beard” shrine by Lake Biwa!

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Shirahige Jinja (白鬚神社) is a Shinto shrine in Takashima in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The shrine is dedicated to Sarutahiko Ōkami (猿田毘古大神). It is the head shrine of the Shirahige Shrines around the country.
It seems this shrine has a long history, it was founded in 1603 and Toyotomi Hideyoshi had something to do with it. Its most famous landmark is the Torri which stands about 30 meters offshore in Lake Biwa.
Shiga was known as Ōmi Province or Gōshū before the prefectural system was established. Omi was a neighbor of Nara and Kyoto, at the junction of western and eastern Japan. During the period 667 to 672, Emperor Tenji founded a palace in Otsu. In 742, Emperor Shōmu founded a palace in Shigaraki. In the early Heian Period, Saichō was born in the north of Otsu and founded Enryaku-ji.
No matter where you go in this part of Japan, you’re bound to find many historical sites dating back sometimes more than a 1000 years.

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