God of sake breweries spiritually supporting the people of Japan
At the far west end of Shijo Street is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto, Matsunoo Grand Shrine, or locals call it "Matsuo-san." Many locals, visitors, and business people visit the shrine to pray for their wishes. Known for a place to worship the success of sake production, the shrine is visited often by sake producers and local people for the spiritual support the shrine provides. There is a section of the shrine in the parking area where people can pray with their cars for safety on the road. People pray for happiness, health, and prosperity at several alters inside the shrine. Couples have Japanese style weddings at this shrine and they offer several different wedding plans. Beautiful gardens and the surrounding scenery of nature give visitors a peaceful moment where they can forget about any worries they may have.
There are several tortoise statues in Matsunoo Grand Shrine. That is because tortoise is the messaging symbol of Matsunoo Grand Shrine gods connoting longevity. The pureness of surrounding water attracted many sake brewers and miso makers and to this day, sake brewers pray at this shrine for good production. When you see a tortoise statue, pet it for good luck!
Beautiful sounds of the water falling and the surrounding greenery from the mountain gives off a very spiritual atmosphere by this waterfall named Reiki-no-taki. The water streams down from Mount Matsuo in moderate amount and at the right moment, flowers from the surrounding trees are seen beautifully falling down. A well with spring water is named 'Kamenoi', and it is located near by the water fall. The purity of this water attracts all types of people. Many sake brewers and miso makers used this water in the past as basis of their products.
Visit The Gardens
The gardens are finely maintained and incredible to observe! The three gardens inside Matsunoo Grand Shrine was built around 1975 to represent the past eras: Ancient, Heian period (794 1185), and Kamakura period (1185-1333). After passing through the Kyokusui-no-niwa, make sure to stop by the Shinzo-kan, a room with a collection of ancient artifacts from year 863 to 1200. There are fees to enter the garden and museum, make sure to stop by the reception counter before entering.
Pet The Lucky Tortoise For Good Luck
Pray for luck by petting the statue of this turtle. There is also a statue of twin fish as well. Note that the box is for putting in coins. Before making your prayer, put a coin (5 yen recommended as it symbolizes go-en or good destiny), then pet the statue. Put your hands together and make your prayer.
Manner & Tips
- Manner & Tips -
To view the gardens of Matsunoo Grand Shrine, visit the garden reception desk (庭園受付) and pay for the entrance fee.
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Matsunoo Grand Shrine / 松尾大社
|Category||Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens|
|Address||3 Arashiyama Miyamachi, Nishikyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-0024|
|Directions||5-minute walk from Hankyu Arashiyama Line Matsunoo-taisha Station|
|Open Hours||5am - 6pm Garden hours: 9am - 4pm (weekdays and Saturdays), 9am - 4:30pm (Sundays and Holidays)|
|Notes||Entrance fee of ￥500 is required to enter the gardens|
Gardens and museum: ￥500
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
English information sheet available. Easy to access.
|Information||Japanese and English|