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Kifune Shrine, Kyoto

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Historic Site
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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TripAdvisor
  • A beautiful and peaceful site. You get the history and a real taste of the spiritual life that built the shrine.  more »
  • We walked from Kibune to Kurama over the top on the hiking trail. We are older,& it was heavy going, but well worth it,& we felt a great sense of achievement. You need to have a level of fitness to do...  more »
  • I trekked to Kifune shrine twice this January, both times it was snowing! After riding the subway from Kyoto station and a bus to Eizan train station, the journey transformed from modern travel to a f...  more »
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  • I love this place, a small jinja and not crowded yet by tourist. You can get tranquility by being there, the river, the hill, the forest, shrines ... #chill
  • one of the beautiful shrines in Kyoto. it is little far away from the central but must visit place.
  • Charming small shrine we came across after walking the Mount Kurama track in the footsteps of Makao Usui, the founder of Reiki.
  • I went there in the raining season of 2013 and 2014, the weather not too hot or cool, although wet but still comfortable.
  • 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.