Kumano-Nyakuoji-jinja Shrine

Kumano-Nyakuoji-jinja Shrine © Iry

What is Kumano-Nyakuoji-jinja Shrine

Kumano-Nyakuoji-jinja Shrine was founded 160 years ago and holds a lot of history.  In its vicinity there is a mountain with a waterfall, rock formations and old trees.  It is cool in the summer and known for foliage in autumn.  On the first Sunday of April, the Oukasaiten Festival is held here from 10:00AM to 10:40AM and thereafter, visitors can hear the playing of the Taishogoto (Japanese harp) until 4:00PM.

The road along the canal has a special atmosphere and has been chosen to be one of the "100 Elected Roads" of Japan. It is also the starting point of the "Road to Philosophy". In the spring, cherry trees on both sides of the street create a tunnel and it is said that prominent philosopher Nishida Kitaro used to walk this road while having discussion with his students. This tourist spot definitely has a Kyoto flavor.

Find the Yatagarasu 3-Legged Mythical Raven Who Calls For Victory

Kumano-Nyakuoji-jinja Shrine, which enshrines the god of academic success and business prosperity, is also famous for the Yatagarasu 3-Legged Mythical Raven. The Yatagarasu is said to serve the Oomikami main god, and its symbol can be found in the roof tiles, as well as in the "Kumanogongen" lettering of the main shrine. The Yatagarasu is also believed to be the God of Victory and its image is even part of the national soccer team’s logo.


By Kyoto city bus: Take bus #5 to the "Yokando-mae" stop, bus #203 to the "Higashi Tenno-cho" stop, or bus #32 or #100 to the "Miyano-mae" stop. 5 minute walk from each of the stations.

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Description: Kumano-Nyakuoji-jinja Shrine

Sights Kumano-Nyakuoji-jinja Shrine (熊野若王子神社)
Address 2 Nyakuoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-771-7420 / Fax: 075-771-7420
Duration 30Minutes
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 Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

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