Ryukyu Eight Shrines
- Japanese: 琉球八社 (Ryuukyuu hassha, Ryuukyuu yasa)
The Ryûkyû Eight Shrines are a group of eight Shinto shrines in Okinawa prefecture specially designated as being of particular prominence or importance; each is associated with a nearby Buddhist temple.
The Eight Shrines
- Naminoue Shrine - Wakasa, Naha, assoc. with Gokoku-ji
- Ameku Shrine (Ameku-gû) - Tomari, Naha, assoc. with Seigen-ji
- Oki Shrine (Oki-gû) - Ounoyama, Naha, assoc. with Rinkai-ji
- Shikina Shrine - Hantagawa, Naha, assoc. with Jin'ô-ji
- Futenma-gû - Futenma, assoc. with Jingû-ji
- Sueyoshi Shrine, also known as shadan (社壇) - Sueyoshi-chô, Shuri, assoc. with Henshô-ji
- Azato Hachiman-gû - Azato, Naha, assoc. with Jintoku-ji
- Kin Shrine (Kin-gû) - Kin, Kunigami, assoc. with Kin Kannon-ji
The Pure Land monk Taichû, in his 1605-1607 Ryûkyû Shintô ki, offers a list of the "Ryûkyû Nine Shrines," which includes eight Kumano gongen shrines plus the Azato Hachiman-gû. The eight he identifies as associated with Kumano gongen are Naminoue, Oki, Ameku, Futenma, Sueyoshi, Shikina, a Tenjin shrine (assoc. with Chôraku-ji), and a branch of Ise Shrine (assoc. with Chôju-ji).
- Yokoyama Manabu 横山学, Ryûkyû koku shisetsu torai no kenkyû 琉球国使節渡来の研究, Tokyo: Yoshikawa kôbunkan (1987), 52.