Chikatsuyu Oji is very old, and references to visits here by nobility abound.  It  was a good place to rest after traveling the two sections of the Kumano Kodo from Takijiri Oji Shrine to Takahara and Takahara to Osakamoto Oji, and then continuing on with the short section over Hashiori Pass to reach the village of Chikatsuyu.  The shrine has been moved to another location through the unification of shrines, but the shrine grounds are surrounded with big, old trees which impart a  serene feeling.  Many pivotal events in Japanese history took shape in the area.

Chikatsuyu Oji ruins