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[2023] Better luck! 9 Recommended Power Spots in Kyoto

The historical city of Kyoto is also known for its many power spots. This time, we will introduce places where you can improve your luck, as well as mysterious places where power is said to reside.

1.Kamigamo Shrine, healed by the pure air and forming good relationships [Kamigamo Shrine] / Kamigamo

Kamowake Ikazuchi Shrine, commonly known as Kamigamo Shrine, is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. "Tatesuna", which is modeled after the mountain (Kamiyama) where the enshrined deity "Kamowake Ikazuchi Okami" descended, and "Katayamamiko Shrine", the first shrine for matchmaking. The grounds are dotted with power spots, such as the "Yin-Yang Stone (Negaishi)" in Shokeien, which is said to make wishes come true, and the "Nara-no-Ogawa" where the pure air flows.

Kamigamo Shrine

"Tatezuna" is piled up in front of Hosono.

Kamigamo Shrine

Nara no Ogawa, a sacred stream where Shinto rituals are performed

Kamigamo Shrine (Kamowakeikazuchi Shrine)

  • Kamigamo Shrine
  • 339 Motoyama, Kamigamo, Kita Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Short walk from Kamigamo Jinja-mae bus stop
  • Tel.075-781-0011

2.The god of water [Kifune Shrine]/Kifune

Kifune Shrine enshrines the deity Takaokami, who controls the supply of water. In ancient times, ``Kifune'' was written as ``the root of mind,'' and ``the mountain of mind,'' and it was also written as ``kiseirei'' in modern times. I've been collecting The mizuura mikuji (water fortune telling slip) is also popular, as the sacred water springs out from the stone wall in front of the shrine. It is also known for the benefits of matchmaking.

Kifune Shrine
Kifune Shrine

Kifune Shrine

  • Kifu screwja
  • 180 Kurama Kifunecho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Bus from Eiden Kibuneguchi Station
    5 minutes on foot from "Kifune" bus stop
  • Tel.075-741-2016

3.Surrounded by sacred air [Kurama Temple] / Kurama

Founded in 770. [Kurama Temple] is said to be the birthplace of the Tengu legend. It is said that the “Kongo-doko” in front of the main hall, Kondo, connects with the universe and grants wishes. Kurama-san, where [Kurama-dera Temple] is located, is surrounded by a sacred atmosphere, and the road leading to Kifune has tree roots exposed on the ground. Kinonemichi is famous as a training ground for Ushiwakamaru.

Blue maple at Kurama Temple (Niomon)

A tree root path where Ushiwakamaru is said to have trained

Kurama Temple

  • Kurama
  • 1074 Kurama Honmachi, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Short walk from Eiden Kurama Station Niomon Gate
  • Tel.075-741-2003

4.Rare female shrine for warding off evil in Japan [Ichihime Shrine] / Kawaramachi Gojo

It is said that all wishes of women will be blessed, and Ichihime Shrine is especially famous for the ``prayer to ward off evil for women,'' which was received by successive empresses. The water of Amanomanai in the precincts is a famous water with a long history that was used for the first bath of successive emperors. It is said that one wish will come true if you make a wish while drinking water from the well after dedicating an ema with a wish written on it. The cute "Princess Mikuji" is also popular and can be taken home as a lucky charm.

Ichihime Shrine
Ichihime Shrine

Ichihime Shrine

  • Ichihime Shrine
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Shimogyo Ward, Kawaramachi Street
  • 3 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Kawaramachi front"
    10-minute walk from Subway Gojo Station
  • Tel.075-361-2775

5.Japan's only mysterious three-pillar torii [Kijimaza Amaterasu Mitama Shrine] / Uzumasa

Kijima Zamaterasu Mitama Shrine, commonly known as ``Silkworm Shrine,'' is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto, and is said to have been built around the 7th century. In the depths of this precinct, there is one of Kyoto's three great torii gates, the Mihashira Torii. Currently, this torii is covered with a fence, but the surroundings are surrounded by a mysterious atmosphere.

Kijimaza Amaterasu Mitama Shrine
Kijimaza Amaterasu Mitama Shrine

Kijimaza Amaterasu Mitama Shrine

  • Amateru Mitama Jinja on this island
  • 50 Uzumasa Morigahigashi-cho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 6 minutes on foot from Randen "Kannosha Station"
  • Tel.075-861-2074

6.Enshrined on the highest mountain in the city, enshrining the god of fire [Atago Shrine] / Saga

As the head office of Atago Shrine, [Atago Shrine] is enshrined on Mt. Atago, the highest peak in Kyoto City. In order to worship, you have to walk the mountain path for about two hours, but from the top you can see the city of Kyoto, Mt. Hiei and the Mt. Hiei mountain range. It is known as a shrine with miraculous powers for fighting fires and preventing fires, and it is said to be a good idea to enshrine a talisman of 'Hinoyojin' in the kitchen.

Atago Shrine
Atago Shrine

Atago Shrine

  • Atago Shrine
  • 1 Saga Atagocho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • To Kiyotaki trailhead/Short walk from Kiyotaki bus stop
    * About 2 hours on foot from Kiyotaki to Atago Shrine
  • Tel.075-861-0658

7.A good luck spot overlooking Kyoto [Seiryuden Shogunzuka] / Yamashina

The detached precincts of Shoren-in Monzeki on the summit of Higashiyama [Seiryuden]. The National Treasure Blue Fudo (replica) is enshrined here, and is said to ward off earthly desires. In addition, the [Shogunzuka], which is about 2m high and about 20m in diameter, is a power spot in front of [Seiryuden]. It is said that Emperor Kanmu buried a statue of the shogun in armor to pray for the peace and security of Kyoto.

Shogunzuka Seiryuden
mound representing the shogun's envoy to the battlefield

A view overlooking the city from the top of Shogunzuka

Shogunzuka Seiryuden

  • Shogun Tsukasa Ryuden
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Yamashina Ward, Zushiokukachocho 28
  • Short walk from Shogunzuka Seiryuden bus stop
  • Tel.075-771-0390

8.[Hyuga Daijingu Shrine] called "Kyoto Ise-san" / Higashiyama

[Hyuga Daijingu] is the “Ise-san of Kyoto” that people frequently visited in the days when you could only visit Ise Jingu once in your life. The inner shrine is divided into outer and inner shrines, and the inner shrine enshrines Amaterasu Omikami, the same deity as Ise Jingu. There are many power spots such as "Yogouiwa" where the god descends, "Ama no Iwato" which is said to ward off misfortunes when you pass through it, and "Asahi Izumi" where it is said that the plague was quickly cured.

Hyuga Grand Shrine

The inner shrine where Amaterasu Omikami and the three goddesses of Munakata are enshrined. Down the stairs is the Outer Shrine, both of which are Shinmei-zukuri.

Hyuga Grand Shrine

Amanoiwato is said to ward off evil spirits when you pass through it. The sun shines down on the entrance in the morning and the exit in the afternoon

Hyuga Grand Shrine

  • Himukai Daijingu
  • 29 Kyoya-cho, Hinooka, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 11 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Kujoyama"
    15-minute walk from Subway Keage Station
  • Tel.075-761-6639

9.[Tanukidaniyama Fudo-in Temple] enshrining Fudo Myoo enshrined about 300 years ago / Ichijoji

Known as ``Tanuki Mite Fudo-san,'' this is a place of deep prayers for the common people. Fudo Myo-o, the principal image enshrined in the main hall, is famous for its benefits such as warding off evil, preventing cancer, and curing illnesses. It is also said that the raccoon dog brings prosperity in business and good luck, as it leads to 'outside others'.

Tanukidaniyama Fudoin

The main hall is on the stage of a wooden structure reminiscent of Kiyomizu Temple. A stage has been set up to surround Fudo Myoo, who was already in the cave.

Tanukidaniyama Fudoin

Even from a distance, you can feel the sharp glint in Fudo Myoo's eyes, and you won't be able to take your eyes off it. It is said to have benefits such as warding off evil, stopping cancer, and curing illness.

Tanukidaniyama Fudoin

  • Tanukidani Sunfudo Inn
  • 6 Ichijoji Matsubaracho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City
  • 15 minute walk from Ichijoji Sagarimatsucho bus stop
  • Tel.075-722-0025
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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