Rokusonnou Jinja Shrine (六尊王神社)

Discover the historical charm of Rokusonnou Jinja Shrine, the birthplace of the Seiwa Genji clan in Kyoto. Dedicated to Minamoto no Tsunemoto, the founder of the Seiwa Minamoto clan, the shrine holds a monument honoring his legacy. Rebuilt in 1707 by the Tokugawa family, explore the sacred grounds and delve into the rich history of the Minamoto clan.

Rokusono Jinja Shrine is the birthplace of the Seiwa Genji clan. The deity of the shrine 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. A famous collection of waka poems in the “Shui Waka Shu” includes it. 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, used to be here. And the burial place of Minamoto no Tsunemoto might be here as well.

The Tokugawa family, who claimed descent from the Minamoto clan, rebuilt the present shrine in 1707.

Shrine’s official WEB site

Nearby spots from Rokusonnou Jinja Shrine

Nearby, Toji Temple awaits with its impressive collection of 25 national treasures and 52 important cultural properties. It includes captivating Buddhist statues.

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