Honden (main building) of Atayuta Shrine
Ubusunagami (birthplace guardian deity) for people in Kisogaito, Handa and Mikka-cho
With Otoshimioya no Kami as its enshrined deity, Atayuta Shrine is an old shrine that was granted Jugoinojo (Junior Fifth Rank, Upper Grade) by Emperor Seiwa in 867, with its appearance in the Engishiki laws and Nihon Sandai Jitsuroku (sixth of the six classical Japanese history texts). This shrine had long been revered as an ubusunagami (birthplace guardian deity) for people in Kisogaito, Handa and Mikka-cho, and in the Edo Period, was revered by the general public as a soja (shrine where all local deities are enshrined) in this region.
The honden (main building) has a sangensha-style misetana-zukuri (a type of an architectural style of Japanese Shinto shrines) and a persimmon shingle roof covering. Although this is a relatively simple style, the building is a national important cultural property with an elegant atmosphere with powerful architectural elements, such as toryo (a type of architectural support), tabasami (a type of board that is mounted between two different types of supports: toryo and taruki), and taheizuka (a large bottle strut), created using excellent architectural techniques and methods.
Following disassembly and repairs since October 1966, the building was completed in June 1967. As a result, the building structure was returned to its original state, and its value as a cultural property has been enhanced.
Although there is little data on the construction of the honden, seen from its style and technical aspect, the building can be presumed to have been constructed in early Muromachi Period. The dates of the repairs are also unclear, but the building was renovated in the late Edo Period, with some additional repairs performed in the first year of Showa.