In 1185, Minamoto no Yoshitsune escaped from his own brother Yoritomo and stayed at this shrine with his wife, Shizuka, and Benkei. There are many treasures of Yoshitsune and Emperor Godaigo displayed in this shrine.
In 1593, Toyotomi Hideyoshi visited Yoshino for the cherry blossom. He stayed at this shrine. This house is the oldest Syoin Style house that is the origin of the Japanese traditional house.