Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line
Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Tennōji-ku, Yūhigaoka-chō 5-40
17 June, 2020
This is the seventh of the ex post facto shrine reports I compiled while under self-isolation during the (now-lifted) Covid-19 State of Emergency in Tōkyō. I visited it in November 2014.
Ōe Jinja’s home page tells us that it is said to be one of the Seven Tennōji no Miya, meaning that it was founded in the late seventh century. While Toyouke Ōkami was the jinja’s original kami, Bishamonten was also enshrined along with the intermingling of Shintō and Buddhism and the shrine came to be known as Inui-no-Sha 乾の社, in recognition of its position to the northwest of Tennō-ji Temple.
It fell under the jurisdiction of said temple and a shingūji神宮時was built within the shrine grounds. With the enforcement of the Shinbutsu-bunri in the early Meiji Period the shrine adopted its present name in 1867 and
(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names
refer to position in How Many Kami table)
Emperor Kinmei 欽明天皇
From Merged Shrines
Hiyoshi Inari Jinja 日吉稲荷神社
Ōe Gokoku Jinja 大江護国神社
Hanekure Jinja 羽呉神社
Annual Festival: July 16
in 1871 it was given village shrine ranking. In 1911 two of the Seven Tennōji no Miya, Kaminomiya Jinja and Dotō Jinja were merged into it, and the following year another of them, Shōgi Jinja, followed suit. Also in 1911 a non- Seven Tennōji no Miya, Otokoyama-Hachiman Jinja, was merged into Ōe Jinja. During the air raids of early 1945 the shrine was largely destroyed by fire and it was not until 1963 that the Main Hall and Prayer Hall were rebuilt. The shrine grounds are still extensive, almost 6,000 sq.m., and house 130 camphor and lotus/nettle 榎木 trees. It has been designated a forest conservation area by Ōsaka-shi.
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