Kawai-jinja Shrine

Kawai-jinja Shrine
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Page last updated: Sep, 01, 2021
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Kawai-jinja Shrine, located on the southern side of the "Tadasuno-mori forest," is known as a power spot and a popular place among women. It is also known as the "Kamo-no Kawa-aini-imasu okosohe-jinja shrine." The building is small, but it was formerly the head shrine of Shimogamo Shrine, where sacred ceremonies were performed for the mother of Emperor Jinmu, "Tamayori hime-no-mikoto" (Empress Tamayori), who was the very first emperor of Japan. Empress Tamayori was known for her beauty and is now considered a guardian of women, watching over childbirth, marriage, and beauty. For women who want to be beautiful, you can draw the face you want to have on the "Kagami-ema" in hopes your wish will come true. On the west side of the precinct is the small sub-shrine "Tobe-sha." Because the festival's Yata-garasu-no Mikoto is a symbol of the Japan Football Association, visitors found here are often praying for their favorite team to win. Additionally, there is a replica of the hut where famous author Kamo no Chomei spent his last years. The hut is about 3 square meters big and the story Kamo no Chomei wrote while residing here is called “Houjyou-ki.” “Houjyou" a term used in the "Ichijyou-shihou" measurement system. Kamo no Chomei was born to a family that served Shimogamo-jinja Shrine and hoped to serve this Kawai-jinja Shrine, which was also called "Tadasu-no yashiro" at the time, but alas, it was not meant to be. As for the real hut, its believed location is marked by a huge stone called "Houjyou stone" on Hinoyama mountain of Fushimi.

Information of Spot Detail


59, Shimogamo Izumigawacho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan

Telephone Number

[Shimogamo-jinja Shrine] 075-781-0010

Spot Types

Temples/shrines,Spiritual sites

Business Hours

[Shimogamo-jinja Shrine] 6: 30 ~ 17: 00

Regular Holiday

Open year around


About 7 minutes on foot from Keihan Demachi Yanagi Station
Get off at Shin-Aoi bashi at Kyoto-shi bus 4 · 205, about 4 minutes on foot from the stop

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