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Seimei Shrine, Kyoto
(3.7/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
Awaken your spiritual side as you stroll through peaceful surrounds dating back to 1007 CE at Seimei Shrine. As you make your entry to the second-century shrine, two tori gates greet you. The main gate features an engraved golden bellflower, which marks a turn away from Japanese tradition of engraving the shrine’s name, or that of its presiding deity, into the gateway. Walk around the complex grounds and find an old stone bridge, a well with healing powers, and a 300-year-old camphor tree. Go to the back of the complex to find the main shrine, where the presiding deity is worshipped. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Seimei Shrine by using our Kyoto family vacation planner.
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  • What immediately strikes the eye is the lack of tourists. About this temple few know, but that doesn't make it less interesting. History of the temple is very interesting and cool at involved mysticism. Do not spare any time that went into the DAL for the sake of this temple.
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  • I went to go to Kyoto, did not go quite fine! It is a long-sought visit! The narrow grounds were crowded with many people. General visits to the touch to peaches. Because it was a nice little hot,,, lol 9 / buy only Kikyo amulet, is satisfied.
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  • Foreign friends want to go that went together. It was quite a unique atmosphere. I felt that duel going with friends and come alone rather than I think. Shrine itself (there were people actually made one) is very small, 30 minutes is 10 minutes.
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  • Quiet shrine nestled near the end of a little walkway beside a run of water. The journey to find it is very peaceful
  • We stopped by here on our way to the restaurant we had booked. Really cool Shinto temple!
  • Not bad for Japanese The reason why i gave this review is this shrine is not big ... Take 1 min is enough to look around all there
  • A peaceful small shrine without many tourists. Most of the visitors are local people. The legends of Abe no Seimei is interesting. He's a historical figure who is portrayed as a very powerful magician (or necromancer, please correct me if I am wrong, as I'm not expert of Japanese culture) in books, manga, and movies. Must visit if you like omamori (お守り/おまもり). The shrine sells some special ones.
  • A small shrine hidden in kyoto where only local and Chinese people go. It a calm place and with a different atmosphere from the habitual tourist place.