It’s unclear the exact founding year of this shrine, but in 862 due to the fragrant healing water that sprung from its vicinity it was given its name by Emperor Seiwa. In 1590 Toyotomi Hideyoshi came here to pray for success when building Fushimi Castle, and after its construction this was considered to be a guardian shrine for it. At the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate at the battle of Tobafushimi it became a garrison of the Satsuma army government forces (the Satsuma-gun).
Fushimi’s famous water
The spring water here is very famous and is known as the "perfume of Fushimi", and was selected by the Ministry of the Environment as one of the best waters in Japan. The land of Fushimi is well known for its famous sake making due to the softness of the water. Visitors to the shrine can pump water and take it back to them. It is also said to provide divine fortune to those who soak in the water.
The richly-colored main shrine
The main shrine is important cultural property, founded in 1605. There are brilliantly-colored sculptures, and the remains of a sculpture called Koi-no-Taki-Nobori (Carps swimming up the waterfall.). The front gate sculpture was donated in 1622 and is another highlight, and a dry landscape garden by Enshu Kobori, an Edo-era tea master. There is a 200 yen admission fee to the garden. There is a festival in early October where each town brings a variety of Hanagasa to the Fushimi Festival. The enshrined deity is Empress Jingu and this shrine is often said to bring the benefit of easy childbirth.
Take the Keihan train to Fushimi-Momoya Station (伏見桃山駅) or the Kyoto Line to Momoyamagoryo-mae Station (桃山御陵前駅), or get off at the JR Momoyama Station (桃山駅), all of which are 5 minutes away. You can take the city bus to Gokonomiya-mae stop (御香宮前) and walk 1 minute there. After you pray or have a stroll it’s recommended that you enjoy some Fushimi sake.
Image Gallery: Gokonomiya-jinja Shrine
Description: Gokonomiya-jinja Shrine
|Sights||Gokonomiya-jinja Shrine (御香宮神社)|
174 Gokōgūmonzenchō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto 612-8039
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 075-611-0559 / Fax: 075-623-0559|
|Closed dates||7 days open|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Gokonomiya-jinja Shrine