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Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū, Yawata

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Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū is a Shinto shrine in the city of Yawata in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.HistoryThe shrine's Heian period connections with the Kyoto and the Imperial family date from its founding in 859 called Iwashimizu Hachimangū-ji dedicated to Buddhism as much as to kami worship.The shrine became the object of Imperial patronage during the early Heian period. In 965, Emperor Murakami ordered that Imperial messengers were sent to report important events to the guardian kami of Japan. These heihaku were initially presented to 16 shrines including the Ōharano Shrine.The shrine's importance and influence grew in succeeding centuries; and its extensive landholdings led to modest conflicts with Minamoto no Yoritomo during the years in which the Kamakura shogunate was establishing itself. The shrine sought to maintain its traditional exemption from contributing to paying the costs of military forces. In time, the bakufu faded away; and the shrine endured.
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  • you can see beauty of Kyoto City from this place and its must be more beautiful colour when visit this place in autumn season. Love it  more »
  • I went here by cable which you don't really need it. It's better go climb and not the hard! 外国人の友達を連れて行きました。大き過ぎず、小さ過ぎず丁度良いサイズで元気があればケーブルカーを使わずに歩いて登れる距離です。今回はケーブルカーを使いましたが次回は歩きたいです。  more »
  • This shrine can certainly not compete with the major shrines in Kyoto. Still, it is a very nice temple on the top of a fill. It offers an authentic experience away from the mainstream touristic circui...  more »
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  • You can enjoy a pleasant short hike up the mountain.
  • Last Saturday (January 24), it was such a fine day here in Kyoto, that I couldn’t resist biking to the Yawata area of Kyoto and pay a visit to the Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū shrine (石清水八幡宮) on Mt. Otokoyama (男山). Although it was near the end of January many people were still coming to the shrine to celebrate Hatsumōde (初詣). As I entered the shrine grounds, sacred kagura music was being played, while a shrine maiden or Miko performed a purification ceremony. She was purifying Hamaya arrows. They are “demon-breaking arrows” and many people bought them to ward off misfortune and attract good luck. In the other hand she was holding a Kagura suzu or “divine entertainment bells”, while the flute and drum accompanied her. Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū is like a fortress on a hill with a scenic view of the Yawata area. The shrine was founded in 859 by the monk Gyōkyō (行教) and is dedicated to “Hachiman” the god of war. The present Honden (本殿) was built by the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, in 1634. Many Emperors and Shogun’s visited here to pray for success in the many battles they fought. Until this day the Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū is one of the three most important Hachiman shrines in Japan. It was also the head shrine of the Minamoto clan. Minamoto no Yorinobu, in 1046 as governor of Kawachi, began worship at the Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū Shrine. Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū has an interesting connection to the life and work of Thomas Edison, who used bamboo collected from the groves at the shrine by his assistant William H. Moore to make filaments for his first electric light bulb in 1880. After visiting the shrine don’t forget to visit the observatory to get a splendid view of the Yawata area.
  • History from Heian shrine. Precious cultural assets are numerous there. One of the three major Hachiman in Japan. Known as the shrine of apotropaic and good luck. Located at the top, so easy and good to go on the cable car to the scenery and nice walk overlooking the Songhua Temple ruins along the way. Excellent views from the Summit. After a rich nature and good views to the seasons. Of cherry blossoms and from March to April guy cherry Festival is done. Since Thomas Edison using Coco bamboo incandescent light bulbs on for long periods was also built Edison Memorial Temple. 6/2016 1, append 2/2016 was designated as a national treasure. So that more tourists than before. Several times visited
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  • Slowly went up omote-Sando. Good goes from cables and regret. I thought Akatsuki in the third gate, and we made good. On the way at the entrance to feel the history, I have been fascinated by the sanctuary. And visits to wakamiya and God many Fortune dove in and not because of words, I was slowly going down the mountain. We were shocked but feel received as his Oracle. Now I saw the tree has become a model of one yen.
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  • Dip a solemn time in, surrounded by forest. That information, because it was the first visit remains went in otokoyama cable car to the Summit. But I think tough but from that table properly pray once more impressed. Return neatly walked Omotesando!
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