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History, culture

Matsuo-jinja Shrine

A shrine venerated by the Shogunate family

This shrine is said to have been established during the Anna era (968–970) to worship Sakanoue no Tamuramaro as the deity of war. Since Tamuramaro’s childhood name was Matsuomaru, this shrine was initially called Matsuomaru Shrine. Takarazuka city has designated its main hall a cultural property and its grounds (which include a tall oak tree) a nature conservation area. In the Edo Period (1603–1867), every shogun would, upon taking office, express his reverence to the shrine by presenting a new bow as a symbol of protection. Together with nearby Tenman-jinja Shrine, Matsuo-jinja holds a danjiri (float-pulling) festival.


This shrine is the local guardian of the Yamamoto area. A deity of Matsuno-o Taisha Shrine in Kyoto was invited and enshrined here when the Yamamoto area was donated to Matsuno-o Taisha in 1177. Although the main hall is covered by an ōiya, its architectural style was influenced by Matsuno-o Taisha. The main hall is designated as a cultural property by Takarazuka city.

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Name Matsuo-jinja Shrine

History, culture (Shrines)

Phone 0797-89-8725
Address 1-9-1 Yamamoto-higashi, Takarazuka Directions
Access 5 min. walk from Hankyu Yamamoto Station
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Admission -
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Parking No parking available
Wi-Fi No free Wi-Fi access on premises
Foreign language assistance