Omi Jingu Shrine

A Shinto shrine located in Jingu-cho, Otsu City. The shrine was established in 1940. The shrine is dedicated to Emperor Tenji, who implemented various policies and reforms, and accordingly the shrine is believed to grant worshippers better fortunes and guidance; because of the shrine’s large “rokoku” water clock, time is also believed to fall under the shrine’s domain. A poem by Emperor Tenji appears as the first entry in the ancient “Ogura Anthology of 100 Tanka by 100 Poets,” and in turn the shrine is also viewed as a mecca for players of the Japanese game karuta—a card game which involves hearing the first half of a poem and racing to find the correct card inscribed with the second half; a “Karuta Opening Ceremony” is held at the shrine and a national karuta competition is also held here.

Spot details

Shiga Pref. Otsushi Jinguchou 1-1
[Opening hours for worship] 6:00-18:00 [Red stamp] 9:00-16:30
open everyday
Parking Lot
Available (200spaces) * Free except 1/1-1/5
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Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • There used to be otsu Kyoto capital of Japan
    4.0 Reviewed:2016.11.01
    Few people know but otsu Kyo was a capital very short period.Recently because of manga / TV movie ,Japanese card game what we called karuta is getting popular among youth.Now youth have...
  • A quiet, beautiful place
    5.0 Reviewed:2016.07.31
    Easily accessible from Kyoto via transferring onto the Keihan railway, the shrine itself is in a lovely park, surrounded by a little wooded area. The contrast between the trees and the red of the...
  • Beautiful Shrine and great area to explore
    5.0 Reviewed:2015.11.15
    Beautiful Shrine and great area to explore. Easy to find and with the bus easy to reach. During cherry blossom its perfect time.

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