Odate Hachiman Shrine
Important Cultural Property of Japan (structure)
The enshrined deities are Hondawakenomikoto and Okinagaratarashihimenokoto. They were the Satake Clan’s guardian gods and were worshiped by the samurai family as the local deities of Uchi town. In 1687, Yoshitake, the fourth lord of Odate Castle, built the two shrines at their present location. The northern shrine is called Sho Hachimangu and the southern shrines called Wakamiya Hachimangu. The building was constructed in the Kokerabukizukuri style with Japanese cedar and features richly decorated sculptures. It is a remarkable example of 17th century shrine architecture and on March 19th, 1990, the shrine and 13 commemorative signs were designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan.