Minase Jingu Shrine
After the death of the Retired Emperor Gotoba (1180-1239), the Minase Jingu Shrine was established in 1240 on the former site of an imperial villa in MInase, to commemorate him. In its precincts, the Rikyu-no-mizu (imperial villa's spring) is gushing up. The spring is certified as one of Japan's best 100 natural water sources by the Environment Ministry, and many people flock to the spring to obtain water from it. Sen-no-rikyu (1522-1591), a great tea ceremony master in the 16th century, is said to have also loved water from the spring. Water from the spring is subsoil water of the Minase River, a tributary of the Yodo River, which originates on Mt. Tennozan. At the tea ceremony room called Toshin-tei (designated as a national important cultural asset in Japan), tea ceremonies are held every year by heads of the Omote-senke, Ura-senke, Mushakoji-senke, and Yamada-Sohen schools of tea ceremony. In those ceremonies, tea is made with water from the spring to be dedicated to the shrine. The shrine houses various important cultural assets, including two national treasures (a portrait of the Retired Emperor Gotoba and an autograph testament of the Retired Emperor Gotoba with a print of his hands). It is said that Goemon Ishikawa (y.o.b. unknown, to 1594), a master thief in the 16th century, made a print of his hands on the gate in front of the main approach to the shrine, when he broke into a building of the shrine to steal an excellent sword. Even now, visitors can see the print.
|ADDRESS||〒618-0011 3-10-24, Hirose, Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun, Osaka Pref.|
|TRANSPORTATION||Get off the train at Hankyu Kyoto Line Minase Sta. and walk about 800 m to the northeast (to the right) along the road in front of the station.|
|INQUIRIES||TEL : 075-961-0078|