Nonomiya-jinja Shrine

Nonomiya-jinja Shrine © Iry

About Nonomiya Shrine

Nonomiya Shrine is a shrine where unmarried imperial princesses would stay to purify themselves for a year or more before taking up their duties at the Ise Grand Shrine. The current area it exists was used in 794-1185 during the Heian period, and following that it became a shrine. It appears in the famous work from the Heian Period, "The Tale of Genji". Particularly notable is the Kuroki Torii here which is made oak wood that still has the bark on it. It is well known as a shrine of marriage and many female visitors come to see it.

Divine blessings for marriage

Nonomiya-jinja’s Nonomiya Daikokuten is famous for marriage. Marriage talismans are also sold in the shrine office. Also, next to Nonomiya Daikokuten is the Kame-ishi (turtle rock) and it is said that if you touch it, it will grant you one wish within a year, so make sure not to forget your wish.

Saigu Gyoretsu

Every October the Saigu Gyoretsu is performed. It was a tradition for successive emperors to send their unmarried princesses to serve at the Ise Grand Shrine, and after spending 1 year of abstinence in the Imperial Palace, they would then spend an additional 3 years purifying themselves at Nonomiya, and then finally head to Ise Grand Shrine. This system lasted for nearly 600 years, and is known to have continued until the 14th century. The Saigu Gyoretsu passes from Nonomiya-jinja to Togetsu-kyo Bridge in Arashiyama, and involves women dressed in Heian era priestess costumes parading towards the bridge. Once they reach their destination they perform the Gyokei-no-gi, a purification ceremony. The sight of the women in the traditional priestess costumes riding atop palanquins is an absolute must-see.


You can access it from Kyoto Station (京都駅), Kawaramachi Station (河原町駅), or the Keihan’s Sanju Station (三条駅). Get off at Nonomiya Shrine (野々宮駅). On the Keifuku Arashiyama Main Line, go to Arashiyama Station (嵐山駅) and it is a 5 minute walk.

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Description: Nonomiya-jinja Shrine

Sights Nonomiya-jinja Shrine (野宮神社)
Address 1 Kyoto Ukyo-ku, Sagano Miya-machi
Phone / Fax Phone:
Duration 20Minutes
Business Hours Monday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Tuesday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Wednesday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Thursday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Friday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Saturday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Sunday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
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Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

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