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Seimei Shrine, Kyoto

3.8
#34 of 347 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
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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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  • A small temple and not tourist destination. When I visit this temple, not many people around (and I like it). This temple is one of the reason I visit Japan after reading the story of Abe No Seimei. I...  more »
  • This shrine has some interesting attractions - objects to touch that bring you good luck. You'll see people stroking a peach, or a stone or hugging a huge tree. Really funny!  more »
  • Power spot is a famous shrine. There are statues of Seimei. Worshippers touching the feet of the statue, toes are shiny. It is as if underscoring and the power of the universe really is star-shaped. Visited in the early morning to our other worshippers were even felt the power.
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  • “Unusual” This shrine has some interesting attractions - objects to touch that bring you good luck. You'll see people stroking a peach, or a stone or hugging a huge tree. Really funny!
  • 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
  • It is worthy to go if you know the background story.
  • Quiet shrine nestled near the end of a little walkway beside a run of water. The journey to find it is very peaceful
  • My favorite shrine in Kyoto, it's small ,but beautiful!