All Japanese Shrines in Kyoto

Japanese Shrines  Kyoto

Japanese Shrines are sacred buildings of the Shinto religion, an indigenous religion to Japan. The primary objective of a Shinto Shrine is to store and protect sacred objects, kami. These objects are said to be enshrined. Most Shinto Shrines feature a honden, the primary building where the sacred objects, kami are stored. An exception to this is where the sacred object is a mountain or similarly large object. Some shrines contain halls for worship, known as haiden.

Shinto Shrines are sometimes located near Japanese Temples, which share some common history.

There are estimated to be 100,000 Shinto Shrines throughout Japan, however some of these are small or miniature shrines, hokora, which are located along pathways or roads. There are some very old Japanese Shrines which were established over 1,200 years ago. Today some of these very old wooden shrines still survive, however many have been destroyed by lightning, fire, earthquakes, storms or war and have been rebuilt over the years. Many of these rebuilt shrine buildings are hundreds of years old.

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    Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

    Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine has been made famous in modern culture through countless photographs and movies, including Memoirs of a Geisha, that depict the thousands of photogenic vermilion torii lining the stone paths throughout the extensive shrine grounds. Only a short walk along the stone path lined with the Vermilion read more

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    Yasaka Shrine

    Yasaka Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in the historic Gion district of Kyoto. Yasaka Shrine was established in 656AD and is famous for Gion Matsuri festival which takes there.

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    Ujigami Shrine

    Ujigami jinja Shrine was originally built as a guardian shrine for the nearby Byodo-in Temple. Ujigami jinja Shrine, in Uji, Kyoto, is believed to be the oldest shrine building in Japan, dating back to the 14th century. Ujigami jinja Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of read more

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    Toyokuni Shrine

    Toyokuni Shrine (also read as Hokoku Shrine) is the Shinto Shrine, in Kyoto, built to enshrine Toyotomi Hideyoshi after his death in 1599 and features the first tamaya (alter for ancestor worship). Toyokuni Shrine and specifically the alter were destroyed by the Tokugawa clan and the site closed in 1615 read more

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    Sudo-jinja Shrine

    Sudo-jinja Shrine enshrines the spirit of Prince Sawara Shinno, the son of Emperor Konin, who died in 785AD. Prince Sawara Shinno was also the younger brother of Emperor Kanmu who was the founder of the city of Kyoto. Prince Sawara was accused of ploting to seize power and was arrested, read more

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    Otoyo Shrine

    Otoyo-jinja Shrine (Kyoto) is one of the shrines along Kyoto’s Philosopher’s Walk. Otoyo-jinja Shrine is popular with Japanese who seek health, cure for illness, good fortune, long life and assistance with matchmaking.

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    Nyakuoji Jinja Shrine

    Nyakuoji Jinja Shrine, also known as Kuma Nonyakuoji Shrine, is particularly popular for its Autumn leaves when the leaves of the surrounding trees have turned various shades of orange and red. Nyakuoji Jinja Shrine Kyoto is along Kyoto’s Philosopher’s Walk. Nyakuoji Jinja Shrine was established by retired emperor Goshirakawa in read more

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    Matsunoo-taisha Shrine

    Matsunoo-taisha Shrine was founded in 700AD making it one of the oldest shrines in the Kyoto region. Matsunoo-taisha Shrine is at the base of Mt Arashiyama where a natural spring brings water to the surface which is particularly important to the local sake and miso companies to the shrine to read more

  • Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

    Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine is a Shinto Shrine dedicated to the spirit of Sugawara Michizane, the god of scholarship which gives it the popular name of Tenji-san. Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine, in Kyoto, is the head shrine for the Tenmangu Shrines in Japan. Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine is famous for its 2,000 plum read more

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    Kamigamo Shrine

    Kamigamo Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Japan and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kamigamo Shrine and Shimogamo Shrine are a pair of shrines in Kyoto.