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Keta-jinja Shrine

Keta Shrine is located at the eastern base of Mt. Futagami, two kilometers northwest of Fushiki Station and the nearby Toyama Bay.
The shrine is said to have originated as a place of worship for a bunrei [ a deity divided to be shared across multiple shrines ]of Keta-taisha Shrine on the Noto Peninsula.
The region was at the heart of Etchu Province [ now Toyama ] during the era, and Keta Shrine was then the highest class of all of the province's shrines.
However, at the start of the 16th century, the shrine was scorched by the flames of war, and almost completely destroyed. The current incarnation of the shrine is one that was rebuilt between 1558 and 1570.
The roof of the shrine is shingled, and the building is rendered in the "nagare-zukuri" style, characterized by an asymmetrical, "flowing" roof. Though simple in construction, the long, pent roof that acts to shelter the shrine's stairs displays a beautiful curve, and works with the gorgeous wood that the shrine is built from to give it a majestic, regal air.
The shrine serves to preserve the iconic characteristics of 16th century shrine construction.

Name Keta-jinja Shrine
Designation level Country Designation classification Important Cultural Property
Type Designation/registration day January 19, 1931
Municipality Takaoka City Location 2063 Fushikiichinomiya
Ownership/management Keta Shrine Member
Structure Sangensha nagare-zukuri style [ shrine ], shingled roof [ roof ], double rafters [ eaves ] Era Tenpyo-hoji period [ 757-764 ]. Later rebuilt around the Eiroku period [ 1558-1570 ]