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Washibara-hachimangu Shrine


The shrine with a horseback archery course


Washibara-hachimangu Shrine was built in the Kamakura period (1185-1333) as the guardian shrine of Tsuwano Castle. On the grounds of the shrine is a horseback archery riding course that was modeled after the course at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine in Kamakura, but is currently the only original horseback archery riding course left in Japan.
The current main building and its “romon” gate* (located in front of the main building) were rebuilt in 1568 and is currently designated as a National Important Cultural Properties for its distinctive architectural style from late 16th century.
In the spring, the annual “yabusame” horseback archery festival is held at the shrine’s course, where visitors can enjoy both cherry blossoms and horseback archery.

*”romon” gate: two-storied building that acts as an entrance gate and is found in both Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine architecture.

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