In 1026, during the reign of Emperor Goichi, Mizuhara enshrined the Yahata god in this area. However, when Taira Kiyomori transferred the capital to Fukuhara it is said that he relocated the historic Kyoto Iwashimizu Hachimangu shrine here and changed the name to Hachiman. An entry about the battle of Maya castle in the 'Taiheiki' in 1333 refers to the Hachiman woods which are a part of this shrine. It was devastated by the period of civil war but structures including the main shrine were rebuilt in 1795 and in addition the owner of the land, Mr Ishikawa, transported a former part of the Kasuga-taisha shrine in Nara to this site for construction of the shrine.