Himurehachimangu Shrine is a shrine located in the center of Shiga Prefecture as a guardian god of the Omi region. It is said that the city name ‘Omihachiman’ is derived from the historical fact that Hachiman Okami has been enshrined in this place. The history of our shrine is also sung in ‘Himuremoude,’ the Noh play of the Kanze Noh School.
Legend has it that the establishment of the shrine dates back to A.D.131, when Emperor Seimu, the 13th emperor of Japan, was enthroned at the palace of Takaanaho, and he ordered TAKENOUCHI no Sukune to enshrine a tutelary deity Oshima no Okami in this place.
In 275, Emperor Ojin, the 15th emperor of Japan, paid a visit to Omi. Along the way, he had a rest at an imperial chamber set up near the present shrine. Later on, according to the legend, a mysterious phenomenon occurred that two suns were witnessed at the site of the Emperor’s temporary residence. The phenomenon was considered to herald an auspicious event. Then, a small shrine was built at this place, and the words meaning ‘multiple suns’ were given to the name of the shrine. As a result, the shrine came to be called Himurenoyashiro-hachimangu.