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Toyotama-Hime is the Luminous Jewel; Princess of the Dragon Palace; Dragon Princess of the Sea

Toyotama-hime (literally “Princess Toyotama”) is a dragon princess, the daughter of Ryujin, Dragon King of the Sea. She married Hikoho-hodemi no Mikoto (also known as Hoori), youngest of Konohana and Ninigi’s sons. He lived with her in a palace beneath the sea for three years but then became homesick. Although pregnant, Toyotama-hime returned to Earth with him. She made him swear not to watch her while she was giving birth but to give her privacy. He broke his promise: she transformed into a dragon in labor, her true form.

According to the Ryugu Fellowship, a Shinto sect also known as the Dragon Princess cult, Toyotama-hime is humanity’s true savior. They believe their founder, the shaman Fujita Himiko, to be an avatar of Toyotama-hime.

Angered by this betrayal, Toyotama-hime abandoned Hoori and returned to the sea, where she remains. She sent her sister Tamayori-hime to raise and guard her son. Aunt and nephew eventually married. Their child became Emperor Jimmu, first emperor of Japan.


Otohime; Toyotamahime; Toyotama-hime-no-mikoto


Toyotama-hime is a transformer who can appear in the guise of a beautiful woman, a dragon, a turtle, and perhaps other forms as well.


Turtle and dragon


Sites where Toyotama is venerated include the Otonashi Shrine in Otanashi, Ito City, renowned for providing fertility and safe, successful childbirth and the Itsukushima shrine near Hiroshima, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.


  • Dragon Kings of the Sea
  • Dragon Queens
  • Konohana
  • Melusine
  • Okuninushi
  • Ryujin

Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.

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