Mt. Matsumine Religious Ruins
This site was designated a historic site of Odate city on May 1st, 2009.
Centered around Mitsumine Shrine, there are several ancient and medieval esoteric Buddhist ruins. Many religious ruins are seen on Mt. Mitsumine ( Oyama, elevation 375,7m ). There are big cedars along the approaching road. It is said that this shrine was built in 817, and its idol was Fudomyouou. The shogunate who was managing the Matsumine Imperial Palace in the Edo period was supported by Lord Satake from Odate castle. The present shrine was built in 1867. During the Meiji period, Shintoism and Buddhism were formally separated and Fudomyouou was eliminated. As a result, the name became Matsumine Shrine. The enshrined deities are Tsukuyomi and Amaterasu.