Cradle of Taika Reforms of 645
Enshrined in Tonomine in Yamato
Dedicated to Fujiwara Kamatari
(614-669, founder of the Fujiwara family)
Annual Festival : November 1 7
Tanzan-Jinja Shrine enshrines Fujiwara Kamatari (614-669 A.D.), who was a meritorious Interior Minister in Japan in the 7th century. It is well known that he played an important role in the " Reformation of the Taika Era ", together with Prince Nakano-oeno-oji (Emperor Tenji).
When Kamatari died at the age of 56, his tomb was built on Mt. Ai (Jap. Ai-yama) in the Province of Settsu (today's Osaka). In 678 A.D. the tomb was moved to Mt.Tonomine, where Kamatari used to ponder over the plan for the Reformation; a thirteen-storied memorial Stupa was erected next to his tomb. In the year 701, a shrine building was constructed on this site, and Kamatari's statue was enshrined in it. This is the origin of Tanzan-Jinja Shrine. Today, Tanzan-Jinja Shrine is noted not only in connection with Kamatari but also for the Cultural Properties which it has been keeping. Fifteen shrine structures including the Main Hall and the Thirteen-Storied Pagoda, are jointly designated as an Important Cultural Property, and the dome from the three-storied miniature pagoda, which was originally in Ohara-dera temple, is registered as a National Treasure. Many important artworks and historical records from the Heian to the Edo periods (the 8th to the 19th centuries), such as Buddhist statues, illustrated hand-scrolls, several applied art objects, swords, and old shrine documents are included in the shrine treasures.