Tsunosashi Jinjya Shrine (Tsunosashi Jinjya)
The Tsunosashi Jinjya Shrine is the remains of Oshimi Tsunosashinomiya Palace where Iitoyoaonohimemiko put the administration of government. The Chronicles of Japan, Nihon-shoki said that she had taken the leadership of government, naming herself Oshimiiitoyonoaonomikoto, because none of her two younger brothers would take the position of Emperor for a long time. In Japanese history, the first Empress is said to be Empress Suiko (Suiko Tenno). Iitoyoaonohimemiko was not recognized as an empress in Nihon-shoki or Records of Ancient Matters, Japan's oldest historical record called Kojiki. But later, some history books regarded her as an empress.
There is a historic spot called Sodenomatsu, which literary means the pine tree of the sleeves, about 500 meters east of Tsunosashi Shrine. Chujyohime from Taimadera wished to use the lotus from Pond of Mirror (Kagami-ike) to make threads to weave a mandala. She prayed and her prayer was answered. She was so grateful that she planted the pine tree to express her gratitude.
Address: 322 Oshimi, Katsuragi City
Access: 2 minutes’ walk to the west from the Oshimi Station on the Kintetsu Gosho Line