The shrine was constructed in 1940.
Two karuta tournaments take place here every new year. A master tournament (Karuta Matsuri) takes place here every January, on the first Saturday and Sunday after the New Year holiday. The national championship for high school students is held every July.
The tournament takes place here as Emperor Tenji, to whom the temple is dedicated, has composed one of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (Hundred Poet) poems used in karuta.
The shrine is also known for creating a water clock system called roukoku, introduced by the emperor. In the precincts of this shrine, the Omi Jingu Clock Museum displays various clocks centering on roukoku and Japanese clocks.
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