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Feeling the spiritual powers of a famous astronomer

Seimei-Jinja Shrine

Seimei-Jinja Shrine where a famous astronomer, Seimei Abe is worshiped was established in 1007 near Kyoto subway Imadegawa station. He was a Onmyo-ji that is a expert to do a traditional Japanese esoteric cosmology. Since mainly, he had extremely good knowledge of both astronomy and fortune-telling that used to be a leading edge of studying in Heian period, some aristocracies perfectly trusted him. When his follows listened to his beliefs, they found that they were able to avoid bad things. So, ...morewhen he passed away in 1005, Seimei-Jinja Shrine was started constructed by the ordering of the Emperor Ichijo on the place where Abe lived. Hence, today, it is believed that if you visit and pray at the shrine, unfortunate things that could happen in the future will not become true. Now. his  history is told in manga, movie and so on.

There are several attractions for good luck are offered in the shrine.
Please visit if you have some concerns in your future!
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You can see so many the seals of pentagram in the Seimei-Jinja Shrine! You would feel as if you were protected by Seimei Abe. Not only the people who are big fan of him, but also some people who are interested in the spiritual power spots are visiting. In addition, one of the worldwide figure skater, Yuzuru Hanyu visited there and he marked the highest score in the official world competition.
Although the shrine is located in the residential area, you can feel the majestic atmosphere!
Hon-den (main hall)
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Hon-den (main hall)
Seimei Abe is enshrined at Hon-den.
A lot of the seals of pentagram called Gobosei in Japanese are decorated on the building.
Abe used it whenever he did a fortune telling. Although there are a lot of visitors in the site, the atmosphere around the hall is very silent and solemn as if it was protected by the power of him.
Please try to pray in order not to get a bad luck!
Former Ichijo-Modori bridge
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Former Ichijo-Modori bridge
The current Ichijo-Modori bridge is built and reached on the Horikawa river located in the south of the shrine. Modori means return. So there is a superstition related with the bridge in which if people who are planning to get married walk across it, their marriage may lead to divorce. Avoid returning to a life before marriage.
Please only look at this or your marriage would be failed! Although the bridge in the shrine is built with a lot of pieces of original bridge, it doesn't matter that you...more across it!
Drink the Seimei water to get power !
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Drink the Seimei water to get power !
It is called Seimei-I (well) that is laid-out pentagram.
It is believed that if you drink Seimei water, it treats your sickness!
The direction of the tap is moved by a staff one year each according to the good direction of that year so as to drink the water with the best luck!
Try to touch Yakuyoke-momo
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Try to touch Yakuyoke-momo
The reason why the statue is shaped as a peach is that it is a fruit that symbolizes of good luck in Onmyo-do (a traditional Japanese esoteric cosmology).
So it is said that by touching a part of your body in which you feel a pain while touching the peach statue at the same time with your other hands will make your pain disappear.
The charm of the peach is available at the souvenir shop in the site!
Manner & Tips
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Please respect the solemnly atmosphere of the shrine
Seimei Shrine Appearance Photo
Seimei-Jinja Shrine
Categories Temples & Shrines
Phone +81 75-441-6460
Address 806, Seimeicho, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 602-8222
Directions 12-minute walk from Subway Imadegawa Stn.
Hours 9am - 6pm
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Open everyday
Fee Free
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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The Chinese website is available. Staffs in the shop speak some English. The site is not that large. So you enjoy the shrine even if you don’t have enough time!
Information Japanese only
Languages spoken Japanese, basic English
Seimei-Jinja Shrine +81 75-441-6460 Free -1/3

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