Mt. Hakusan and Shirayama Hime Jinja Shrine
1. The Hakusan Faith and Shirayama Hime Jinja Shrine
Mt. Hakusan rises high over the three prefectures of Ishikawa, Fukui, and Gifu, and has been revered as a sacred mountain since ancient times. Mt. Hakusan’s precious water sources provided an indispensable key to life. Whether one lived in the foothills or in the plains, with a far-off view of Mt. Hakusan, the mountain has long been holy ground, and the people of the region offer prayers of gratitude toward the mountain all year round.
As time went on, the Hakusan Faith gradually took on a new form: people began climbing Mt. Hakusan as a form of religious devotion, and a trail was established up to the top of the mountain. Shirayama Hime Jinja Shrine was established here over 2,100 years ago, and for many centuries has provided a base for those making this reverential trip up the mountain; today, it serves as the head shrine for Hakusan and Shirayama shrines nationwide, dedicated to this sacred mountain. Shirayama Hime Jinja Shrine is also the grand shrine that protects the Hokuriku region, locally known by the nickname Shirayama-san.
2. Enshrined Deities
Izanagi no Mikoto
Shirayama-Hime no Okami (Kukuri-Hime no Kami)
Izanami no Mikoto
In addition to Kukuri-Hime no Kami, Shirayama Hime Jinja Shrine is also dedicated to Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto.
In Japanese, "kukuri" can also mean "to tie" or "to bind;" as a result, Kukuri-Hime no Kami is also revered as both the goddess of matchmaking and the goddess of marital conjugal bliss.
3. Shrine Blessings
Good harvests, large hauls of fish, improved luck, household safety, successful matchmaking, safe travels, business prosperity, successful studies, bodily health, harmonious marriage, good fortune and long life, continued good fortune in the family, and prosperity of descendants
4. Shrine Crest
Officially known as Mitsu-Komochi Kikko Uri-no-Hana: a gourd flower inside of a three-tiered regular hexagon. The hexagon represents a tortoiseshell pattern - tortoises are an auspicious symbol of long life - and the three tiers represent continued good fortune in the family from past to future, from parent to child, and from child to grandchild. The symbolism of the gourd flower comes from gourds’ rarity as a food in ancient times: because gourds were such a rare treat, they were used as offerings to the gods. The flower in the crest represents a prayer to the deities of the shrine for descendants’ prosperity.
The crest of Shirayama Hime Jinja Shrine represents a prayer for prosperity in life, and is respected as a symbol of continued good luck in the family, prosperity of descendants, and harmony between gods and humans.