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The birthplace of the Gion Festival, which symbolizes the water of Kyoto [Shinsen-en]

Shinsen-en, built adjacent to the Ouchiuchi Palace at about the same time the capital was relocated to Heian-kyo, is a historic site where emperors of the Heian period (794-1185) used to go to enjoy poetry readings, flower viewing, fish watching, chrysanthemum viewing, etc. The pond is said to be inhabited by a good woman named Ryuoh, who was invited by Kukai. The Gion Goryokai (Gion Festival) originated when 66 floats were erected and a portable shrine was sent from Yasaka Shrine to Shinsen-en. It is also known as the place where Shizuka Gozen danced a rain dance and where Minamoto no Yoshitsune first saw her. The Hosei Jyunin Pond has existed since ancient times, and it is said that if one makes a wish, crosses the vermilion-lacquered bridge, and pays a visit to the Zenjo Ryuoh Shrine, the wish will be fulfilled.


  • Shinsenen
  • 167 Monzencho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 3-minute walk from Subway Nijojo-mae Station
  • Tel.075-821-1466
  • 7:00 - 20:00
  • Precincts freedom
  • http://www.shinsenen.org/
*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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