Seimei Shrine

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About Seimei Shrine

Seimei Shrine is a shrine dedicated to the Heian era (794-1185) astronomer Seimei. Seimei served the Emperor by performing divination and various ceremonies. This shrine was built in 1007 by the then-Emperor as recognition for Seimei’s achievements; it was built on the remains of Seimei’s old house.

Astronomy and divination were important to many civilizations and Japan is no exception; in the Heian era that Seimei lived in there was an entire section of the government dedicated to astronomy and making calendars. This is where Seimei worked; he engaged in activities such as prayer, fortune-telling, future prediction and astronomy. The people who engaged in these were commonly called "Onmyoji". 

To this day Seimei is the subject of a wide and colorful variety of legends; it is said he once was able to instantaneously cure the Emperor of an illness; another legend says that his mother was actually a fox. There are numerous superhuman legends all about Seimei, and it is said that the well on the Seimei Shrine grounds still retains Seimei’s divine power and anyone who partakes of it is said to receive a blessing for good health. The well is in the shape of a 5-pointed star, with one of the vertices of the star acting as a water intake. This water intake faces in a lucky direction and every year at the beginning of spring (around February 4th) the orientation of the well is changed. 

Access

Take the subway Karasuma Line to Imadegawa Station and it is a 12 minute walk away. You can take the city bus to Ichijo Modori-bashi/Seimei Jinja stop and from the bus stop it is a 2 minute walk away. 




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Description: Seimei Shrine

Sights Seimei Shrine (晴明神社)
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Address 806 Seimeichō Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 602-8222
京都府京都市上京区晴明町806
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-441-6460
Website
Duration 30Minutes
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller


Map: Seimei Shrine