Ota Shrine


About Ota Shrine

Ota Shrine

The Ota shrine is a shrine in Kamigamo, Kita-ku, Kyoto, and a Sessha outside the border of Kamigamo shrine. The place is located about 500 meters east of the Kamigamo shrine. Matsuri is Ame-uzume-no-mikoto, who is said to have shown off the dance to pull Amaterasu-omikami out of Ame-no-iwato.

Four Setsumatsusha of Shirahige-sha, Hyakudayu-sha, Chinju-sha, and Fukutoku-sha are enshrined in the precincts of the main shrine.

There is a big swamp called “Ota-no-Sawa” on the side of the approach, and about 25,000 rabbitear iris there grow wild. The best season for this rabbitear iris is usually from early to mid May. (However, the season will be around depending on the climate of the year.) This marsh seems to have been the showplace of Rabbitear Iris for a long time, and the following Japanese poem is also written in the Heian era.

Kouyama-ya Ota-no-sawano Kakitsubata Fukaki-tanomi-wa Iro-ni-miyuramu Fujiwara-no-Toshinari

At present, this rabbitear iris is designated as a National Natural monument.

In recent years, the appreciation of this rabbitear Iris community has been charged (300 yen admission), many people come to shoot rabbitear iris with a camera even now. However, there is no parking lot in the Ota shrine, and if you come by car, you have to park in the parking lot of the Kamigamo shrine. There seems to be some parking space for two wheels.

As of May, 2018, the main shrine is in a state that cannot be visited during restoration work, so please be aware of those who will be visiting.


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Photographer: Taisuke Yamada


Location 〒603-8047
340, Kamigamo Motoyama, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Telephone 075-781-0011
Entrance fee free admission for worship
[garden of Japanese iris]
300 yen
Usual viewing season Japanese iris
Early-mid May
Access City bus
Take routes 4, 46, or 67, get off at Kamigamo Jinja-mae bus stop, and walk about 10 minutes.
Parking lot None, Kamigamo Shrine
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