Kifune Jinja Shrine

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Kifune Jinja Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in the forests north of Kyoto city. The area it is located in is called Kibune, a different pronunciation of Kifune written with the same Sino-Japanese characters, and is accessible from Kyoto by train. Kifune Jinja Shrine is famous as a shrine that can bring good fortune to couples and people seeking love. It is a particularly popular destination during Tanabata or the Lover's Festival in summer. During this festival, people write down their wishes on small paper slips and attach them to designated trees and branches. The Kibune area also features many traditional Japanese restaurants, a number of which are classy and expensive. Some of them, called kawadoko, are built over a river and only open during the summer months. For outdoor fans, a hike up the mountain to Kurama is highly recommended. The trail goes up the mountain to Kuramadera Temple and then down to Kurama town. After the hike, you can also enjoy the hot spring in Kurama, called Kurama Onsen.

Photograph provided by Yasuhiro Imamiya

0.5 Hours
Telephone Number
Postal code
180 Kuramakibune-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
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Recommended season
January, February, July, August, November
Business Hours
Monday・Tuesday・Wednesday・Thursday・Friday・Saturday・Sunday : 06:00~20:00

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If you choose public transportation to get to this spot, you need to walk for a certain distance. The trail going up the mountain is quite narrow. If the traffic is busy (usually in summer), the cars may occupy the road and it will be unfriendly to passengers. Kifune Jinja is famous for its hydromancy. When an o-mikuji is set afloat on the waters of the spring, the result stands out. But it is not suitable for tourists cannot stand crowds like me.


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