Jishu-jinja Shrine

Jishu-jinja Shrine © Iry

About Jishu-jinja Shrine

Jishu-jinja is located within Kiyomizu Temple and is a very famous shrine for marriage. The foundation period is unknown, and it is often thought to have been made before Japan was even founded, going back all the way to the mythological times in Japanese legends. It is registered as a World Heritage Site, and the main shrine, worship hall, main gate, and the shrine grounds are registered as important cultural property.

The god of love

In Jishu-jinja there are a number of spots famous for marriage, but the most famous are the "love divination stones" which are a pair of stones confirmed to have existed since the Jomon period in a recent study. You walk between the stones with your eyes closed, and if you successfully make it through, your love will be fulfilled. Additionally, if someone helps you, it’s said that taking that person’s advice will aid you in finding love. In addition to this, there is a gong you can ring that is said to help you find a good match, and the "Okage Myojin" that will grant any 1 wish no matter what it is, the "Mizu-Kakejizo" praying over the water, and more sights to see on the shrine grounds. The blessings granted by the shrine cover a wide variety of things, including finding love, unrequited love, marriage wishes, married people, son/daughter love, and more.

The Jishu-zakura that the Emperor returned to thrice

While the shrine is known for its cherry blossoms, particularly famous is the single tree called "Jishu-zakura" which is a rare cherry tree that has both clustered and single cherries on a single tree. In the year 811 it is said that Emperor Saga visited the shrine, and due to the sheer beauty of this tree he turned back his ox cart 3 times to come back and look at it. From this event it has come to be known as "Kuruma-gaeshi-no-sakura" (The cherry tree that will make you turn around to come back and see it). The tree also bears the shrine’s symbol.

The richly colored main hall and the Happo-nirami-no-ryu

The main hall was reconstructed in 1633 by the Edo Era third generation shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu. It is done in two different styles fused together, those styles being Irimoya-zukuri and Gongen-zukuri, with a richly detailed and beautiful inner sanctum. On the mirrored ceiling of the worship hall a Ganryu dragon has been painted by Kano Motonobu. This dragon is said to have come down from heaven every night to drink the water of Otowa Falls, and was struck in the eyes with nails as a result. No matter which direction you stand in the room it appears as if the dragon is looking at you, and so it is called the Happo-nirami-no-ryu "Dragon that stares in 8 directions".


From Tokyo Station, the Kenkyu Kawaramachi Station (河原町駅) or the Keihan Gion Shijo Station (祇園四条駅) you can take a bus there in 12 minutes. Get off at either the Gojo-zaka (五条坂) or the Kiyomizu-michi stops (清水道) and it is a 10 minute walk from there. It is directly to the right if you are coming out of Kiyomizu-no-butai. Admission to this is separate and you will need to pay a fee to get into Kiyomizu Temple.

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Description: Jishu-jinja Shrine

Sights Jishu-jinja Shrine (地主神社)
Address 1-317 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-541-2097
Duration 20Minutes
Business Hours Monday:09:00-17:00
Admission Fee Free admission
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: Jishu-jinja Shrine