Rokusono-jinja Shrine is said to be the birthplace of the Seiwa Genji clan. The deity is Minamoto no Tsunemoto, the founder of the Seiwa Minamoto clan. Minamoto no Norimoto was the son of Prince Sadazumi, the sixth prince of Emperor Seiwa, and the grandson of the emperor. For this reason, Norimoto was commonly known as the “Sixth Grandson of the Emperor (Rokusonnou)”. He was a master of waka poetry, which is included in the collection of waka poems in the Shui Waka Shu. There is a monument to Minamoto no Tsunemoto in the precincts of the temple.
According to shrine legend, Hachijotei, the residence of Minamoto no Tsunemoto, was located here, and Minamoto no Tsunemoto is said to have been buried here as well.
The present shrine was rebuilt in 1707 by the Tokugawa family, who claimed descent from the Minamoto clan.。