This shrine was founded in 730. In the "Lore of Nyakuichioji Daigongensha" written in the middle of the Edo era (1603 - 1868), when Minamoto No Yoshiie came east along the Tokaido Road in the late Heian era (794 - 1185), he saw wisteria blooming on an old pine tree at this shrine. He wrote a poem, saying "Wisteria branches bloom on pine in Ichioji, bring beauty to this shrine throughout the ages". This poem is said to be the source of the name Fujieda (meaning "wisteria branch"). The laurel forest on the mountain in the premises behind the main shrine have been designated as a natural monument of the prefecture, because it is the northern limit of where plants that favor warm climates can grow in the prefecture.