Isagawajinja shrine

The tourist spot that I will introduce today is Isagawa-jinja shrine in Nara.
The Lily festival is held next month at this shrine.
[ Isagawa-jinja shrine in Nara ]
Go to the intersection of Sanjo-dori south for several tens of meters and there is a shrine on the right.
It is Isagawa-jinja shrine.

Torii gate at the entrance of the Isagawa-jinja shrine in Nara

This is the main shrine.

The main shrine of the Isagawajinja shrine in Nara

There was a bulletin board with written description about this shrine.

The bulletin board with written description about the Isagawa-jinja shrine in Nara

It said that it is the oldest shrine in Nara city.
In the center of the main shrine is "Empress Himetataraisuzuhime no Mikoto" is enshrined.
She is the Empress of the first Emperor Jinmu.
On the left side is "Sai no Okami" is enshrined.
He is the Father to the Empress.
On the right side is "Tamakushihime no Mikoto" is enshrined.
She is the Mother to the Empress.
It is known as a god that protects children since they are lining up as if both parents are protecting the central child.
[ Saikusa Festival of Isagawa-jinja shrine ]
The princess lived at the foot of Miwa mountain, on the bank of Sai-gawa River, and it is said that sasa-yuri (Japanese lilies) were beautifully blooming in the vicinity of the princess.
With that relationship the festival dedicated lily to the god in June is offered.
This is called Saikusa Festival.
It is also called Lily Festival.
Saekusa is the old name of sasa -yuri.
This was enacted as a national event in the year 701 AD, and is a festival praying to prevent the spread of plague.
There was a notice of holding a festival on the bulletin board in the precincts.

The poster about the holding of Saikusa Festival at the Isagawa-jinja shrine in Nara

This same posters were on the station etc.
There is an evening festival on June 16, the festival is June 17th.
I think that you can enjoy this festival.

[ Opening times and location ]
Admission fee: Free of charge
Opening hours:9:00 - 16:30
location:18 Honkomori-cho, Nara city
[ Approximate Latitude and Longitude of tourist spots etc. ]
In Google Maps, you can find the location of tourist spots with latitude and longitude.
The following latitudes and longitudes are not officially announced, they are what I found out.
So they may be wrong.
(1)Isagawa-jinja shrine: N34.68138 E135.82573


(May 17, 2018)

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