Located at the source of Kamogawa River which runs through Kyoto, Kifune Shrine enshrines the gods of water and rainfall. The gods are referred in the "Kojiki" and the "Nihon Shoki", the ancient records of Japanese history and myth, and since then they have been worshipped by people who related to farming, manufacturing, fisheries, shipping and any other water-related business.
Since the Heian period, Japanese Imperials shows respect to the gods and ceremonies are held during a long drought or a long rain periods - a black horse (an image of a thunderous cloud) or a white horse (a white cloud on a sunny day) is presented by Emperor to the gods to stop or encourage rainfall.
Kifune Shrine is also known as enshrining the goddess of marriage. It is said that Izumi Shikibu, a famojus Japanese poet in the Heian period, got married after visiting here.
Be sure to pick up an omikuji (paper fortune) which is unique from other omikuji in that these ones only reveal their messages after dipped in water.
The rock garden by Mirei Shigemori are also a must-see.
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Airport/Sta.Kibuneguchi Sta. (about 1.7km) Google Transit
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5.04 weeks ago
One of my favorite shrines to visit in northern Kyoto! The shrine itself sits in a small town that has a very different feel from the bigger cities and makes for an awesome and interesting experience.
On the way to the shrine you can take pictures on the staircase with the lanterns. Definitely explore the smaller shops within the city!
5.02 weeks ago
You can get there by a series of trains and busses but it's remote enough to not be too busy. It's surrounded by forest and has a river along the side of the quaint village with a series of small waterfalls. Great food and local architecture
5.0in the last week
It's a great place to visit. Not that touristy. So if you pick the right day, probably there weren't be so many people.
4.02 months ago
Another temple worth visiting around the mountain area with waterfalls and great view. The hike will consume some energy. Be sure to come early morning on weekdays to beat the crowd.
4.0a month ago
Came during New Years and many people where lined up to wait to bow and get the blessing. This temple is famous for love and match making as well as water fortune telling. It's a nice side trip to a Kyoto trip, you can pair it with Kurama-dera temple and Kurama Hot Spring. Take note of the last train departing the stations (there are buses still).