Jan/16 Musha Jinji

Sightseeing information about Jan/16 Musha Jinji in Japan.

Jan/16 Musha Jinji (Archery Ritual)3.1

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One of the oldest shrines in Kyoto, Kamigamo Shrine, holds the special traditional archery event "Musha Jinji" each year on January.
There is a 40m long shooting range in front of a treasury, and people dressed in traditional attire shoot arrows at a 1.8m wide target.
By shooting arrows at a target, they are praying for good fortune as well as to repel evil away for the coming year. They do this by putting the word oni (which is “demon” in Japanese) at the back of the targets and having the arrows act as purifying agents.
Afterward, the archery ceremony is performed by the Ogasawara-Ryu, an ancient archery school with more than 800 years of history.

Date : January 16, 2020 10:30~12:00
Venue : Kamigamo Shrine , Kyoto
Access :
- take a city bus from Kitayama Station, and get off at Kamigamo Shrine
- a 15-mins walk from Kitayama Station
- take a city bus from Kyoto Station for 40 mins, and get off at Kamigamo Misonobashi then walk 5 mins
Admission : Free

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PurposeTraditional folk,Japanese resort,shrine/temple,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Kibuneguchi Sta. (about 5.3km) Google Transit


5.08 months ago

2020 is the "Year of the Rat", Large Ema at Various Shrines in Kyoto.
Rat is the first in the 12-year-cycle of Chinese zodiac signs. People born in the year of rat are generally born with the zodiac rat characteristics. They are believed to be very industrious and thrifty, diligent and positive. They love to enshrine and collect. They have a keen intuition and can foretell the danger. They can deal with the money carefully and have a good financial luck.

5.09 months ago

Amazing place to enjoy the beautiful maple in the morning!
And I highly recommend the special tasty Ko-yama Yusui Coffee which freshly brewed with Ko-yama Spring Water.

4.07 months ago

Nice shrine with a short bush walk. To boot there is a white horse that brings you luck. At new year's Hotsumode they take the white horse for a stroll to the temple prior to blessings. Worth the trip out there!

4.08 months ago

Visited on Jan 2nd and was surprised there was almost no line! Possibly because it was far away. It gets four stars for lack of buses that connect. But we made it. Not much food in the area either. But as for the shrine, great. This is an Ichinomiya shrine, along with Shimogamo. Both have beautiful grounds. I especially liked that this one was associated with Eto, or Zodiac animals. Instead of a normal shrine to pray at you should enter the main temple area find your Eto Chinese character for your birth year and pray only there. It made the hatsumode line very fast! And the charms are also all zodiac themed. Wonderful shrine.

5.0a year ago

If you like themed mamori and you like horses you'll like this shrine. Plenty of wide open space because this is in the middle of the countryside. Don't come expecting any horse themed food though! I definitely didn't do that... at all... nope.