Kifune-jinja Shrine

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Kifune-jinja Shrine

Kifune-jinja Shrine, the main shrine of the 450 Kifune shrines in Japan, is a shrine that honors Takao-Kami-no-Kami, the god of water. Although the period it was established in is unknown, there is a record that says that the main hall was built in 1055. Since the shrine honours the god of water, many people in the restaurant business and the brewing industry worship it.

Originally, Kifune-jinja Shrine held ceremonies to dedicate horses to beg for rain and sunshine. However, it is said that instead of dedicating real horses, they dedicated wooden plates with pictures of horses on it. These wooden plates are thought to be the origin of ema (a wooden plate on which to write a wish). The shrine is also known to have granted the wish of restoring a relationship for a famous Japanese poet of the Heian Period (Izumi-Shikibu). Therefore, the god worshiped at Kifune-jinja Shrine is also thought to have powers for bringing good relationships. Yui-no-Shiro, which is between the main hall and the rear of the shrine, is known to be a place with mystical energy benefiting good relationships. On the other hand, the god is also known to have powers to end relations. It seems that the god at Kifune-jinja Shinre has powers for granting prayers.

The shrine is particularly beautiful during the seasons of fresh green spring leaves or autumnal leaves. However, it is also recommended to visit the shrine in the summer when they have special box seats placed on the riverbank of Kifune River where visitors can enjoy having Kyo-ryori (local cuisine of Kyoto) while enjoying the soft breeze.


Train: It is 30 minutes from Kibune-guchi Station on the Eizan Line Bus: It is five minutes from Kifune Stop on the Kyoto Bus Line.

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Description: Kifune-jinja Shrine

Sights Kifune-jinja Shrine (貴船神社)
Address 180, Kurama-Kibune-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-741-2016 / Fax: 075-741-3596
Duration 1Hour(s)
Business Hours Monday:06:00-20:00
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

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