About Kifune Shrine
Kifune shrine is a shrine that has been praying for the god of rain for a long while, and is gathering faith from people in the business of dealing with cooking and water all over the country as God of water. It is also known as the god of matchmaking and is now bustling with young couples.
It is not known when the shrine was built, but it is the creation of the age of Emperor Hanzei in the shrine’s biography. According to the shrine’s biography, the beginning of Kifune shrine is that Tamayoribime who is the mother of the Emperor Jinmu who has boarded a yellow ship and traveled back to Yodogawa, Kamogawa, and Kifunegawa worship the god of water.
The summer Kifune area is much cooler than Kyoto city area, and it is a nifty way of enjoying the Kifune neighborhood to eat the river fish dish and nagashi somen etc. while feeling the coolness by the Kyoto-specific restaurant called the riverbed which is dotted along the road of Kifune.
As a stroll course around the Kifune shrine, first walk from Eizan Railway Kurama Kurama Station to Kurama Sansaku-railway Sanmon station and take the train from there to the Tahoutou. It is common to walk down from the Kurama temple through the Reihoden to the Maouden, to visit the Kifune shrine, and to return from the Eizan Railway Kifune-Guchi station. The maple is beautiful in late autumn in Kifune shrine, but it seems to be a promise to look around from the Kurama temple because the scale is somewhat small to enjoy the sightseeing feeling by the Shinto shrine alone.
Kifune Shrine photos
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Photographer: Taisuke Yamada
180 Kurama Kibune-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
|Usual viewing season||Red leaves
Mid to late November
|Parking lot||There are few.
Please use public transportation.
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