Yohashira Shrine was built during the Meiji Period and is dedicated to four Shinto deities. The name Yohashira literally meanes “four pillars.” A shrine with so many deities gathered in one place is rare even in Japan. For this reason, the shrine is believed to have special wish-granting properties. It is located right along Nawate Street and the Metoba River. It’s hard to miss the shrine’s towering grey gate. A flock of pigeons winging overhead may also alert you that you are not far away.
During the fall, the shrine’s trees are painted with color and at New Year’s, the place is bustling with people coming to make their first shrine visit of the year. You’ll also find an occasional festival being held here during the year.