2017.09.12

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Power spots for couples in Kyoto

Power spots for couples in Kyoto

Kyoto is a treasure land for many temples and shrines. Many people are especially interested in those places related to luck in love and marriage. In this article, we will introduce some of the temples and shrines in Kyoto that are called power spots for love.

Kifune Shrine

Located in Kyoto City,  Kifune Shrine is famous as a power spot where the god of matchmaking is located. It is the headquarter of the 450 Kifune Shrines in Japan and is said to be the birthplace of the Ema (wooden plaque, in which worshippers write their wishes). One of the most popular omikuji (fortune-tellers) of the shrine is the mizuura-mikuji, a type of fortune that appears when the paper is wetted with sacred water. The omikuji has a QR code that can be read with a smartphone, so you can see the results on your phone. If you visit with your beloved, be sure to check out the sacred tree called "Renri no Sugi", a fusion of cedar and maple.


Access: take Kyoto Bus at Kibune-guchi Station (Eizan Railway) and get off at Kibune bus stop, walk 5 minutes
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Jishu-Jinja Shrine

Located on the north side of the main shrine of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Jishu-Jinja Shrine is also known as a place where the god of marriage lives in. In the precincts of the shrine, there is a pair of guardian stones called "stones of love fortune-telling". It is said that if you start from one of the stones and walk to the other stone with your eyes closed, your love wish will come true. This is a great place to visit if you are looking for a place to make a wish.


Access: Take city bus 206 or 100 from JR/Kintetsu Kyoto Station, or city bus 207 from Hankyu Kawaramachi or Keihan Gion Shijo Station, get off at Gojozaka or Kiyomizu-michi, and walk 10 minutes.

Yasui Konpiragu

Yasui Konpiragu Shrine is famous for "match-making". The shrine is also known as a power spot because of the benefits of wishing to break bad relationships and make good ones. To make a wish, you must first pay your respects at the main shrine and then receive an offering called a "katashiro". After that, take the katashiro with your wish written on it, go through the hole of the "Engagement Monument" according to the designated procedure, and paste it on the "Engagement Monument".  This is a popular shrine that is said to be very helpful in love.


Access: 10-minute walk from Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Main Line or 15-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line.

Seimei-Jinja Shrine

Seimei-Jinja Shrine is a shrine dedicated to Abe Seimei, an astronomer and medium of the mid-Heian period. There are many sights that originate from the legends of Abe Seimei, and the shrine is famous for its blessings to ward off bad luck, other great thing is that the priest can read your fortune and listen to your story in the form of a "life consultation". However, this life consultation is open to both the corner where you can actually have your fortune told and the corner where you can wait for your fortune to be told, so you will know the contents of other people's fortunes. Please be careful when consulting about love or marriage.


Access: 2-minute walk from Ichijo-Modoribashi Bridge/Seimei-jinja-mae bus stop by city bus from JR Kyoto Station.

Nonomiya Shrine

Known as the god of good fortune, childbirth, and learning, Nonomiya Shrine also appears in The Tale of Genji. One of the most popular power spots is the Okameishi (turtle stone), a sacred stone located near Nonomiya Daikokuten. It is said that if you stroke this stone with your prayers after paying your respects at the main shrine, your wishes will be fulfilled within a year.


On the other hand, in a barrel filled with water near the turtle stone, you can pray for misogi purification to break up a relationship, just like at the Yasui Konpiragu Shrine. When the letters disappear and the paper sinks, your wish will come true.


Access: 10-minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Keifuku Dentetsu Sagano Line, or 10-minute walk from Saga Arashiyama Station on the JR Sagano San-in Line.

Izumo Daijingu Shrine

Izumo Daijingu is quietly located at the foot of a mountain in Kameoka City, Kyoto Prefecture Shrine, but since celebrities and others have introduced it as a power spot, its reputation as a shrine for marriage has spread. It is said that it has a connection with Izumo Taisha in Shimane Prefecture, and it is now a stand-alone shrine that does not belong to the Association of Shinto Shrines. The sacred stone "Meotoiwa" in the precincts and the sacred water "Manai no Mizu" are also famous.

Access: From Katsura Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line, take the Keihan Kyoto Kotsu (No. 1 or No. 2 bus) to Kameoka Eki-mae Station, and then take the Keihan Kyoto Kotsu bus to Izumo jinsha-mae Station.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera is a famous tourist destination, a temple with many power spots. The Otowa Waterfall, which is said to fulfill the wishes of study, romance, and health for more than 1000 years, it is said if you pray towards the direction of your favorite person's residence, your wishes will come true.

There is a theory that the Higashiyama Ryu so-called flow of air, which has the power to rise luck, circuit the Higashiyama area where Kiyomizu-dera Temple stands, and the Kiyomizu stage is a place where this energy passes through. Therefore, from the perspective of feng shui, it is thought that the Kiyomizu stage is built on the belly of a dragon.


Access:  From JR "Kyoto" station, take city bus #206 bound for Higashiyama-dori Kitaoji Bus Terminal, 100 Kiyomizu-dera Gion Ginkakuji, get off at "Gojozaka", and walk for 10 minutes.



When you come to Kyoto we recommend visiting shrines and temples that can give you power for love and marriage in your life. Use our hot list of the most reliable power spots in Kyoto that suit you the best.



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