Oyamazumi Shrine, Imabari

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Ōyamazumi Shrine (大山祇神社, Ōyamazumi Jinja) is located on the island of Ōmishima in the Seto Inland Sea. The shrine is dedicated to the gods who protect sailors and soldiers. Because of this, many daimyōs and other military leaders have made offerings at the shrine in hopes of military success, or in thanks for victory in battle.

The offerings of swords, armor, and other military equipment are now housed in the largest museum of fighting equipment used during the age of the samurai in Japan. There are items housed in the shrine which belonged to Tsuruhime, Tomoe Gozen, Minamoto no Yoritomo, founder of the Kamakura Bakufu and first shōgun, and to his younger brother, Minamoto no Yoshitsune.
The shrine is in a grove of camphor trees, the oldest of which are between 2,600 and 3,000 years old.
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  • I was struck with awe to find such a solemn shrine on a small island in the middle of the Seto Inland Sea. It has 3 museums and 2 of them have kept a lot of historical materials including swords and....  more »
  • Although the museum of this historic shrine is sadly not very well maintained, the items on display include multiple national treasures, including those offered to the shrine by famous characters in.....  more »
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