Kurumazaki-jinja Shrine

Kurumazaki-jinja Shrine © Iry

About Kurumazaki-jinja Shrine

Kurumazaki-jinja was constructed at the end of the Heian period (794–1185) that is dedicated to the Confucian scholar Kiyohara Yorinari who served the emperor. He is widely believed to be a god of "not breaking promises",  and so people come here to pray to be able to protect their business promises, receive business prosperity from keeping their marriage vows, and he is also known as deity for helping one find a romantic partner.

On the third Sunday of every year the Mifune Festival is carried out here. This festival involves the floating of about 20 vessels in the Oigawa River located in Arashiyama, while classical music and arts are performed. It is done to re-enact the boating from the Heian period, and about 10 million people come to visit every year.

Also, the painter Tomioka Tessai served as the chief priest here at one point in time, and as a result the shrine houses over 100 of Tessai’s works, which can be seen by appointment in the spring and fall. The back shrine road entrance marker and the main shrine’s  motto were done by Tessai.

The shrine of entertainment

Within the shrine grounds is the Geino Jinja that is designated to Ame-no-Uzume-no-mikoto. Ame-no-Uzume-no-mikoto is a goddess from a famous Japanese myth in which the sun goddess Amaterasu hid herself in a cave and caused the whole world to be wrapped in darkness. Ame-no-uzume danced in front of the cave in order to lure her out, and because of this she is known as the god of entertainment. For this reason many artists and people in the entertainment industry come to the shrine to pray to her, and around the fence of the shrine are over 2000 red paper seals with artists’ pen names etc. written on them.

Wish fulfillment with "Kinen Shinseki"

At the shrine you can find protective charms that grant wishes in the form of the "Kinen Shinseki"stones. After you pray in silence with your wish in mind in front of the shrine, you take a stone with you. When your wish comes true, you wash the stone you took and return it to the shrine, write what you prayed for as well as your thanks for having your wish granted on a paper slip, and return the stone along with the paper slip to the front of the shrine.


On the Keifuku railway go to Kurumazaki-jinja Shrine Station and from there you can walk about 1 minute to the shrine road. On the City Bus – Kyoto Bus you can get off at the Kurumazaki-jinja Shrine stop and it’s just 1 minute to the shrine road from there as well. There is visitor-only parking available for 20 cars.

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Description: Kurumazaki-jinja Shrine

Sights Kurumazaki-jinja Shrine (車折神社)
Address 23 Sagaasahicho, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-861-0039 / Fax: 075-872-0670
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Monday:09:00-17:00
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Kurumazaki-jinja Shrine