Shirayama-hime Shrine

The head of Japan's Shirayama shrines

 By Mandy Bartok   Jun 7, 2016

Japan boasts over 3000 Shirayama shrines throughout the archipelago, but the atmospheric shrine here in Ishikawa is the main branch. Known to the locals as simply Shirayama-san, the complex is reached by climbing numerous stairs and passing through a small forest of cedar trees, many dating back over a millenium.

The shrine's treasure hall contains numerous items that have been designated as important cultural assets. The hall can be visited from 9:00am-4:00pm for a fee of ¥300. 

Photography by Mandy Bartok
Japan Travel Partner

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Elena Lisina a month ago
Very beautiful photos! And the place, too.
Yuliya Boda 9 months ago
Thank you for the photos, it looks amazing under snow!
And seems that not so many people visit this place in winter, right? Or it's because it was snowing a lot on that day?
Justin Velgus 11 months ago
Forgive me for my lack of knowledge, but how is a Shirayama Shrine different from other shrines? Inari shrines are easy enough to understand because of their many fox references.