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Matsunoo Grand Shrine

Matsunoo Grand Shrine
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...more. 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.
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The air was great in this area surrounded by mountains! This shrine is very easily accessible from Randen Train by getting off at Matsunoo-taisha Station. I visited during the A.M. on a weekday, and I saw many locals making their prayers. Through a narrow passageway, I followed the path to the water fall, and the area where you can find the spring water well called Kamenoi. It's just absolutely beautiful with zen-like calming properties in the air!
Tortoise Statues
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Tortoise Statues
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!
Reiki no Taki Waterfall
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Reiki-no-taki Waterfall
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 th...moreis water in the past as basis of their products.
Visit The Gardens
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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
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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
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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
Categories Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens
Phone +81 75-871-5016
Address 3 Arashiyama Miyamachi, Nishikyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-0024
Directions 5-minute walk from Hankyu Arashiyama Line Matsunoo-taisha Station
Hours 5am - 6pm
Garden hours: 9am - 4pm (weekdays and Saturdays), 9am - 4:30pm (Sundays and Holidays)
Reservations Not required
Closed Open everyday
Notes Entrance fee of ¥500 is required to enter the gardens
Fee Free
Gardens and museum: ¥500
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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English information sheet available. Easy to access.
Information Japanese and English
Languages spoken Japanese
Matsunoo Grand Shrine +81 75-871-5016 Free Gardens and museum: ¥500 2/3

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