Goou-jinja Shrine History
Goou-jinja Shrine is the shrine where Wake no Kiyomaro, a nobleman active during the transfer of the Capital in the 8th century, and his sister Wake no Hiromushi are enshrined. In 1866 in response to the protection by Emperor Meiji, it was moved to its current location, the west side of the Kyoto Imperial Palace.
When Emperor Kanmu was mulling over the decision to transfer the Capital, Kiyomaro suggested the current location in Ukyo-ku. Emperor Kanmu listened to this advice and started building ancient Kyoto, and is known as the Emperor who laid the foundation for modern Kyoto. Kiyomaro’s sister, Hiromushi, adopted and raised 83 children who lost their family during the war. The alternate name of Goou-jinja Shrine, "Childrearing Deity" Shrine came about from Hiromushi’s achievements. Even to this day, the shrine receives much devotion from people associated with social welfare and childcare as the "Childrearing Shrine".
Inoshishi-jinja Shrine (Wild Boar Shrine)
Another name for Goou-jinja Shrine is Inoshishi-jinja Shrine (Wild Boar Shrine). Instead of the traditional guardian dog statues and images displayed at shrines representing protection, this shrine has dedication to guardian wild boar in their place.
10 minute walk from Marutamachi Station on the Karasuma Line of the subway. It is located directly at the "Karasuma Shimochoja-machi" stop on the Kyoto city bus.
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Description: Goou-jinja Shrine
|Sights||Goou-jinja Shrine (護王神社)|
Kyoto, Kamigyo-ku,Karasuma-dori, Shimochoja-machi Sagaru Oukakuen-cho 385
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 075-441-5458 / Fax: 075-414-0255|
|Closed dates||7 days open|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
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: Goou-jinja Shrine