Lonely Planet review
Continuing another 300m up the street brings you to a side road to the left (the first turn past the post office) that leads to this small shrine that has a good view back to Kimpusen-ji and the hito-me-sen-bon (1000 trees in a glance) viewpoint.
The shrine has played host to several important historical figures. Minamoto Yoshitsune, a legendary swordsman and general, fled here after incurring the wrath of his brother, the first Kamakura shōgun. Emperor Go-Daigo set up a rival southern court in Yoshino after a dispute for succession broke out in Kyoto, and stayed here while his palace was being built. The shrine displays a collection of scrolls, armour and painted murals from the emperor's stay (admission ¥400). It also entertained Toyotomi Hideyoshi and his 5000-person hanami party in 1594.