Ogami-jinja Shrine is said to be the oldest shrine in Hachinohe. Its history has been traced as far back as the late Heian era, but the shrine may well be older than that. The Horyo Kagura folk dance, which is performed by mountain priests, has been handed down through the generations. Every year, on the second Sunday in May and the day before, the Horyo Kagura Festival is held at the shrine. Ogami-jinja is also known as the birthplace of the Hachinohe Sansha Taisai, a festival listed as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
It is also mentioned in the “Legend of Yoshitsune’s journey to the North,” in which Minamoto Yoshitsune secretly left Hiraizumi and escaped to the North, and it is also the home to a mirror said to have been the favorite of Yoshitsune’s wife and the “Origins of the Ruike Inari Daimyojin,” where the legend of Yoshitsune’s journey to the North was written down.
|Address||2-1-51 Uchimaru, Hachinohe City|
|Access||By car: 20 minutes from Hachinohe Station, 15 minutes from Hachinohe Expressway Hachinohe IC
By train: 5-minute walk from JR Hachinohe Line Hon-Hachinohe Station
By Bus: Hachinohe City Bus / Nanbu Bus - 5-minute walk from the "Hon-Hachinohe Station" and "Shicho-mae" bus stops