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Jisyu Shrine, Kyoto

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#63 of 347 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Religious Site Tourist Spot
Those who have romantic worries of all varieties might want to take a chance on Jisyu Shrine. Dubbed “the Cupid of Japan,” the shrine has served love-seekers for 1,300 years, allowing visitors to pray for help from various gods, either to fend off love rivals or increase the longevity of a current relationship. If you're seeking true love, however, you'll have to traverse the space between two magical "love stones" with your eyes closed. Legend has it that if you manage to find the second stone, placed 10 m (32.8 ft) from the first, your wishes for love will be granted. Jisyu Shrine is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Kyoto Edition.
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  • The shrine is at the back of the Buddhist temple, you have to pay JPY400 to get through the temple so you can get to the shrine. There is lots of little stalls once inside where you can buy good luck ...  more »
  • Stone steps from the main hall side of the Shimizu's status could be filled with people, so go up stairs at your own pace. But it seems to have the blessings and marriage was business shrine shrine only feeling. Always come by the saigoku pilgrimage Shimizu had been that....
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  • There are 2 rocks in the shrine. Touch one and then close your eyes, walk toward the another rock, if you successfully touch the second rock without opening your eyes then your dream will come though,...  more »
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  • Fun to see. Just try to get to the rocks... There is so many teens there trying their luck at finding love!
  • Jishu shrine is a beautiful shrine, where you can try your luck at a blindfolded walk between two rocks. If you succeed, legend has it you'll find everlasting love, stewarded by Okuninushi-no-mikoto!
  • Lots of different shrines for your different wishing needs.
  • It's the home of the love stone!
  • It's cute, you get to see Japanese school girls and boys praying for love.

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