Walk in Toyokuni-jinja Shrine – Kyoto, Japan
Toyokuni-jinja Shrine (豊国神社) is a Shinto shrine located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Japan.
It was built in 1599 to commemorate Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It is the location of the first tamaya (a Shinto altar for ancestor worship) ever constructed, which was later destroyed by the Tokugawa clan.
This shrine is the official tomb and shrine of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who died September 18, 1598 in Kyoto.
Nobles, priests, warriors, and townspeople gathered at the shrine to celebrate the anniversary of Hideyoshi’s apotheosis with banquets, musical recitals, and boisterous festivity.
The shrine was closed by Tokugawa Ieyasu in June 1615 “to discourage these unseemly displays of loyalty to a man he had eclipsed.”
The Meiji Emperor directed that the shrine be restored in Keiō 4, the 6th day of the 6th month (April 28, 1868). At that time, the shrine area was expanded slightly by encompassing a small parcel of land which had been part of the adjacent Hōkō-ji.
In 1897, the tercentenary of Hideyoshi was celebrated at this site.