About Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine
Ishimizu Hachimangu (Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine) is a shrine in Yawata City, Kyoto Prefecture, formerly known as Otokoyama Hachimangu Shrine. It is one of the 22 shrines (Kamishichi-sha) and, together with Ise Jingu Shrine, is one of the two main shrines (sobyo).
It is one of the three major Hachimangu shrines in Japan, along with Usa Jingu Shrine (Usa City, Oita Prefecture), Hakozaki Shrine (Higashi Ward, Fukuoka City) or Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture).
Ishimizu Hachimangu was a shrine that Gyokyo, a priest of Daian-ji Temple, commissioned from Usa Jingu Shrine (Usa City, Oita Prefecture) during the Jokan period (early Heian period), and was located on top of Otokoyama (Hatogamine, 143 meters above sea level), south-southwest of Kyoto.
The three deities are collectively called “Hachiman Sansho Daijin” and “Hachiman Daijin.
Center Gozen: Hondawake no Mikoto
West Gozen: Hime-Ookami
East Gozen: Okinagatarashi-hime no Mikoto
The shrine is located on Mt. Otokoyama and is reached by a cable car from Keihan Ishimizu Hachimangu Station. At the end of the cable car ride, there is an approach to the shrine and stairs to the observatory. The observatory is a spot from which you can see the view of Otokoyama toward Kyoto City and the cherry blossoms of the Yodogawa River’s Shiowari-zutsumi area below the mountain.
There is a magnificent worship hall in the precincts of the shrine, and many worshippers were waiting in line. It is said that the shrine here offers blessings to ward off bad luck.
Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine photos
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Photographer: Taisuke Yamada
|Location||〒614-8005 30 Yawata Takabo, Yawata City, Kyoto, Japan
(300 yen one-way by cable car from Keihan Ishimizu Hachimangu Station)
|Access||Get off at Ishimizu Hachimangu Station on the Keihan Line, approach cable “Hachimangu-guchi Station” – “Hachimangu-sanjo Station” (5 min. walk)|
|Parking lot||There is (500 yen for standard vehicles, 1,000 yen for large buses)|
Recommended places to visit in conjunction with
In the Sewari-tsutsumi area, where the Kizu and Uji Rivers converge, approximately 220 cherry trees (Someiyoshino) are planted along a 1.4-km stretch, forming a beautiful cherry blossom tunnel in spring. This cherry blossom tunnel is known as one of the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots.