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Kifune Shrine, Kyoto
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Head into the mountains to the north of the city to find Kifune Shrine, a peaceful Shinto shrine. Legend has it that a goddess rowed a yellow boat upriver from Osaka into the mountains here, and that the shrine was built where her boat journey ended. Upon entry to the shrine, dedicated to the god of water and rain, you'll receive a fortune written on a paper slip that shows its message when wet. The steps leading up to the main shrine, flanked on either side by traditional lanterns, create a captivating scene, so remember to bring your camera. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Kyoto holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Kifune Shrine and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Light-up time until your Shuttle from kibune-guchi station. Enjoying the town, there is also the night visits. DW can create a fantastic atmosphere.
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  • We visited this shrine after long walk to cross the Kurama mountain. There are three shrines and many restaurants along the river which is the origin of the Kamo River. It should be an unusual silence...  more »
  • This is a beautifully traditional shrine hidden up in among the mountain! Tips: wear a comfy pair of shoe when you are there! 
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  • It's a very small shrine, lots of red lamps. Only went here to go to eat at Hirobun (bamboo soba) nearby. It's pretty far from downtown Kyoto itself but it's super green and nice. It's up the hill so you'll have to take multiple metros/busses to get there.
  • Kuhune shrine is the most pretty shrine in the mountain i think. The lights are so beautiful and the place is cool cause of small river.
  • Opportunity, I saw the wedding ceremony with sinto style. I wish to share this happy moment with you :)
  • Somewhat interesting. The focus on water makes it more interesting. But that's about it.
  • This is a very outstanding place where you will be surprised with all the beauty of the nature with every turn of all of the autumn leaves. Definitely a visit if you are visiting Kyoto.