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Oharano Shrine

The highlights of Oharano Shrine, which Murasaki Shikibu also revered as a guardian deity, are shown!

Founded in 784 (Enryaku 3). When the capital was moved from Nara's Heijo-kyo to Nagaoka-kyo's Heian-kyo, the spirit of Kasuga Taisha, which was the tutelary deity of the Fujiwara clan, was enshrined at the foot of Mt. ] beginning. Among the thousands of Kasuga shrines in Japan, it is known for its high status as the first branch shrine.
In autumn, the precincts are dyed in the red of autumn leaves, and you can pass through a tunnel of brocade, and in spring, you can see the phantom Senganzakura.

1.It is known that Murasaki Shikibu was also worshiped as a tutelary deity.

Murasaki Shikibu, the author of "The Tale of Genji," is also revered as a tutelary deity, and Mt.

Oharano Shrine

2.Komainu welcomes you

Deer, the messengers of [Oharano Shrine] that can be seen in various places on the precincts. It is said that when the god came from [Kasuga Taisha] to [Oharano Shrine], he came riding on a deer, and there are statues of a male and a female deer enshrined in front of the main shrine. Pay attention not only to being a deer, but also to its cute features. In addition, you can see deer in various places, such as the deer at the chozuya, the stamp book, and the amulet, so be sure to look for them.

Guardian deer of Oharano Shrine
Oharano Shrine

A sacred deer oracle with a scroll in its mouth carved from wood for 700 yen.

3.Huge three-dimensional ema that can be enjoyed all year round

A huge votive tablet with the zodiac of the year as a motif. Many shrines are often decorated only for the New Year, but at [Oharano Shrine] you can enjoy it all year round. The pop and cute ema are works by Kusunoki and Kuwata, who graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts. It's rare that it's three-dimensional, and it's unique to this one that the animal of the zodiac and the deer, the messenger of Oharano Shrine, are drawn together.

Three-dimensional Ema of Oharano Shrine

Year of the Tiger 2022 Ema

4.500 years old! Sacred fir tree trace to be put inside

A sacred tree about 500 years old that was broken by Typhoon No. 21 in September 2018. It is said that the lower part of the remaining sacred tree was hollow, and now it is maintained with a roof so that worshipers can enter. Experience the power of the 500-year-old tree spirit through the rare experience of entering a sacred tree.

Oharano Shrine

5.A pond that is much talked about because it looks like a masterpiece

Koizawa Pond was modeled after Nara's Sarusawa Pond when it was first built. The bridge over the pond and the water lilies are so similar to Claude Monet's masterpiece "Water Lily Pond and Japanese Bridge" that it became a hot topic on social media. From June to August, you can see the scenery of water lilies blooming. In late autumn, the reflection of autumn leaves on the surface of the water peeking through the gaps between the leaves of the water lilies is also beautiful.

Oharano Shrine

6.Shinto Sumo wrestling offered to pray for the prosperity of the region

The Otagari Festival is held on the second Sunday of September every year to offer thanks for a bountiful harvest. During the festival, sumo wrestling is held to dedicate to the gods. It has been dedicated to the gods as a prayer for the co-prosperity of the region by having sumo wrestlers from the surname "Saito", which is common in the north of the shrine, and the surname "Hata", which is common in the south. It is also designated as an intangible folk cultural property of Kyoto City.

Oharano Shrine Sumo Hall

Autumn leaves season information

  • Best time to see/usually mid-November to early December
    Visiting hours/Admission fee: Same as regular visit

Oharano Shrine

  • Ohara Shrine
  • 1152 Minamikasugacho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 8 minute walk from Minami Kasugacho bus stop
  • Tel.075-331-0014

  • [Normal visit]
    Shrine office reception / 9:00-17:00
    Free to visit the precincts
  • Parking available
    *Paid. Free for 20 minutes after entering the parking lot, then 200 yen for 30 minutes (repeatedly up to 600 yen for 4 hours)
    *There are special price periods such as New Year holidays

  • https://oharano-jinja.jp/
*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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