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Jishu Jinja, located north of the main building of Kiyomizu-dera temple, is a traditional shrine for marriage and is said to have existed since before the founding of the nation of Japan. It enshrines “Ookuninushi nomikoto,” a God of love, as a main God and also enshrines the parents and the grandparents of the God. It is said this shrine puts an importance on En, or the bonds between people. The buildings, including the main buildings that were rebuilt by the Tokugawa family, are designated as important cultural properties and World Cultural Heritage. Especially the two love rocks that indicate your luck in love are famous and many tourists line up everyday. There are many other places to pray since many Gods are enshrined here.
- 1-317 Shimizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
- Contact No.
- 10-min bus ride (No.100 or 206 Kyoto Municipal Bus) from JR Kyoto Station on JR followed by a 10-min walk from Gojozaka bus stop.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
- Admission fee
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These are the fortune-telling love rocks in front of the main building. Surprisingly, it is said that these stones is from the Jomon period (14,000 – 300 BC). According to legend, if you walk between the two stones with your eyes closed, you will be lucky in love. Old books tell us that many young men and women have visited this rock since the Edo period.
Honden, the main building, rebuilt by Tokugawa Iemitsu
The brilliant-colored building, an important cultural property, was rebuilt by Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1633. The surrounded building, gate, and the grounds are also important cultural properties, and designated as a World Cultural Heritage.
Haraedo-no-okami, Nade Daikoku, Mizukake Jizo
In the area of this shrine, many other Gods are enshrined, and each receive prayers from many devotees. Haraedo-no-okami, a God to purify unclean spirits, Nade Daikoku, who brings your wishes come true regarding marriage, an easy child delivery and success in business depending on which part of its body you stroke, and Mizukake Jizo, a statue you can receive grace from by pouring water over it.