Opening hours: 09:30 - 18:00
Address: 11-1 Oyamamachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Post code: 920-0918
Closest bus stop: Minamicho (南町)
Located in the center of Kanazawa, Oyama-jinja enshrines Maeda Toshiie, the first lord of the Kaga domain, and his principal wife Omatsunokata.
The shrine’s Shin-mon Gate was built in 1875 and is listed as a national important cultural property. It is a unique gate that combines a mixture of Japanese, Chinese, and European styles. There are four large panes of brilliant five-color stained glass embedded on the gate’s third tier (the top floor). These are illuminated from the inside at night, providing a beautiful light display. The lightning rod on the roof is said to be the oldest lightning rod in Japan. The shrine also has a peaceful Japanese garden, built around a pond for strolling in, “Chisen-kaiyu” style. This is a typical style of Japanese garden and Kanazawa is known as one of the best examples. There is also a stone monument featuring a carving of Matsu (Toshiie’s wife). She is famous for providing her faithful support to her husband. The monument commemorates her great personality and their happy marriage.
How to get to Oyama-jinja Shrine from Kanazawa Station
Take the Kanazawa Loop Bus on the Left Loop (LL) route from stop 7 at Kanazawa Station East Gate Bus Terminal and get off at Minamicho.