Japan's Oldest Extant Shrine Architecture
|In December 1994, the shrine was registered in the UNESCO world heritage list as one of the cultural assets of the ancient capital of Kyoto.
Combined with the adjacent Uji Shrine, it had been called "Rikukamisha" until the Meiji Period (1868-1912).
The shrine is dedicated to Emperor Ohjin, his son Prince Ujinowake Iratsuko, and the emperor's elder brother Emperor Nintoku. In the front is a hall of worship (national treasure) which was built in the shindenzukuri style in the early years of the Kamakura Period (1185-1333). Visitors can enjoy the beauty of its roof, which was made in accordance with the sugaruhafu design method.
The Honden (main hall -- national treasure), which was constructed in the late years of the Heian Period (794-1185), is the oldest extant shrine architecture in Japan. A series of three inner shrine buildings in line are covered by a common roof and the buildings on both sides of the hall use support members in the shape of frog legs, all of which are important as suggestions of the shrine's construction period.
In the precincts are the Kasuga Shrine (important cultural property), which was built during the Kamakura Period, and one of the seven best water fountains in Uji, called "Kirihara-mizu."
Source: The Uji municipal government