Shiga-ken Gokoku-jinja was first established by Ii Naonori, the last lord of Hikone Clan, and his followers, in 1876 to commemorate the Hikone Clan warriors killed in action at Boshin War. Then those at Seinan-no-eki, the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese Wars, and World War I, and II were enshrined. They are all from or related to Shiga Prefecture. Today Shiga-ken Gokoku-jinja commemorates 34,750 war dead, and prays for the eternal peace and security of Japan.
Please visit on the way to Hikone Castle.
The deities of this shrine earnestly wish for happy, peaceful life of the people of this world.
They will answer to your sincere prayers for protection against evil, good luck, thriving business, and everything concerning people’s daily life.
Mitama Matsuri, a festival for the souls of the dead, is held from the 13th to the 15th of August every year. About 5,000 paper lanterns are hung in the precincts and lit at night to comfort the souls of war dead.
1-59 Osue-cho, Hikone, Shiga, 522-0001, Japan
Opening Hours 9:00 to 16:00