A sacred spot for centuries, Yahiko-jinja Shrine bears great legends of the Shinto religion. Even today, many festivals are held at the shrine and in the town of Yahiko in northern Niigata Prefecture. Nicknamed "Oyahiko-sama", the shrine is visited by over 200,000 people every year for their first shrine visit of the year. The enshrined deity is Ame-no-Kagoyama-no-Mikoto, the great-grandchild of the goddess Amaterasu. Over 2,400 years are said to have passed since this historic shrine was built. Not only is Yahiko-jinja Shrine itself a signature architectural symbol of Japan, but it is also home to the Shida-no-Otachi, the longest sword, and a nationally-designated Important Cultural Property.
In addition to the shrine and the precincts, the Otorii gate (about 4km from the shrine) is worth seeing.
It is also possible to visit ”Mt.Yahikoyama Ropeway” on foot from here.