Iwashimizu Hachimangu shrine, founded in 860, was bathed in an explosion of light on the evening of July 3 in preparation for summer night viewing.
It is one of the three most important Hachimangu shrines of Japan.
The main vermilion-lacquered shrine building, which was remodeled in 1634 by the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu (1604-1651), gave off a brilliant glow.
“We would like visitors to feel the subtle and profound atmosphere in the shrine that has a history of over 1,000 years,” a public relations official for the shrine said.
The shrine will be illuminated between the hours of 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. from July 13 to Aug. 31.