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Oyama Shrine

Oyama ShrineOyama Shrine is a Shinto shrine in Kanazawa city, and is located just to the west of Kanazawa Castle Park.

This shrine was built in 1873 to enshrine Toshiie Maeda (1539-1599, the founder of Kaga Clan).
And in 1875, a unique main gate for this traditional Japanese Shinto shrine was built.

This gate was designed by Japanese carpenters in imitation of western-style architectures which were increasing in Tokyo or Yokohama.
It has three stories, and looks a western-style building, a Chinese-style building and so on.
The third-story windows have some stained glasses.
And this gate has a lightning rod which was set up by a Dutch doctor, and it is said that the lightning rod is the oldest in Japan.

When this gate completed, it was unfavorably received.
But it has been designated as a national important cultural property in 1935.

How to get to here

By route bus

  • By route bus through Korinbou, from Kanazawa station to Minami-cho stop, about 5 minutes.
  • By Kanazawa Loop bus, from Kanazawa station to Minami-cho stop, about 35 minutes. (Fare : 200 yen) (It take much times because the stop is near the end of the route.)
  • By Kenrokuen Shuttle bus, from Kanazawa station, about 5 minutes. (Fare : 100 yen, only Saturday, Sunday and National holiday)

By car

Run the Hokuriku Expressway, and exit at Kanazawa Morimoto Exit. About 8 km from there, about 15 minutes.

Approach to Oyama Shrine
Main gate of Oyama Shrine
Oyama Shrine in the evening
Main shrine of Oyama Shrine

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