Tourist Attractions and Experiences

Konda Hachimangu Shrine

Located on the south side of the 15th emperor of Japan's tomb and said to have been established in the latter half of the 6th century, it is the oldest of Japan's Hachimangu shrines.

Sitting on the south of the Konda-Gobyouyama Kofun mound (said to be the mausoleum of Emperor Ojin) in Habikino city and ordered to be built by Emperor Kinmei, is Japan’s oldest Hachimangu shrine that is said to be founded in the late 6th century. The main deity is Emperor Ojin. At first the shrine was at the front of the mausoleum, but in 1051 during the middle part of the Heian period, Emperor Go-Reizei built the mausoleum in the current location. The Konda Hachimangu is said to have been named at this time (the posthumous name of Emperor Ojin was Homutanosumeramikoto). Since the middle ages, it was worshipped as the guardian gods of the Genji clan, and from the Kamakura period onwards, it became a popular place of worship by not only the Genji clan but various other warlords and common samurais. Currently, it is worshipped by the people as god of safe childbirth and to ward off bad luck. The treasure hall within the premise holds many valuable treasures, such as the Chiriji-Raden-Kondoso-Shin'yo-Kanagu (spiraled gold and bronze mikoshi, national treasure from the Kamakura period) donated by Minamoto-no-Yoritomo, and the Kondo-Sukashibori-Kura-Kanagu (saddle fittings in gilt bronze openwork, national treasure from the Kofun period) that was excavated from the Maruyama Kofun mound. During the summer festival (Fuji-Matsuri) on May 8th, a dance performance is dedicated, and during the autumn festival on September 15th, a ceremony of handing the mikoshi over to the Ojin mausoleum is held.