A shrine that’s home to gods who build good human relationships and marriage
This shrine is located a short distance from the center of Gion. It’s where people come in the wish to break off bad relations and form good ones. It’s said that the "power stone monument for breaking off bad relations and initiating good ones" will grant their wishes. Visitors pass through the hole in the large rock and stick down a note on which they’ve written their wishes. The rock covered in notes really is a sight to see. Even people with no particular wishes they want granted visit just to take photos.
From among the many different types of amulets, I recommend the matchmaking charm. If you have someone who you’d like to get close to or who you’d like to date, this is a must-buy! "Fill" the amulet with your hopes and place it in your bag or some such object. These come in two colors: purple and red. They cost 500 JPY each.
The main hall
The main hall is a magnificent wooden building. The roof is made from large tiles that have been laid down in a complicated arrangement. Barrels of sake have been placed beside the shrine as an offering.
Pass through the hole in the "power stone monument for breaking off bad relations and initiating good ones"
Do a round trip in and out of the hole and stick down the note on which you’ve written your wish. I’m sure that big people will find it rather tight, but do give it a try! I recommend for both men and women to wear clothes in which it’s easy to bend over. *For information on how to pray, please take a look at the following site: http://www.yasui-konpiragu.or.jp/en/stone/
Buy an ema charm
Write your wishes then tie the ema up in the place dedicated to them at the side of the main hall. When writing on the charm, remember to write your own name too (initials are OK). Large ema on the left of the photo: 500 JPY each. Small ema on the right: 300 JPY each.
Manner & Tips
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Keeping the line and mind your head when go through tunnel of ”Power stone monument for breaking off bad relations and initiating good ones”.
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Yasui Konpiragu / 安井金毘羅宮
|Category||Temples & Shrines|
|Address||70, Shimobentencho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0823|
|Directions||・From Kyoto station：Take No. 206 City Bus mount for Kitaoji Bus Terminal, Get off at "Higashiyama Yasui", from there just a 1 minute walk south. ・From "Gion Shijo" station of Keihan Main Line, 10 minutes on foot. ・From "Kawaramachi" station of Hankyu Kyoto Line a 15 minute walk.|
|Open Hours||The shrine is opened to public throughout the day. The reception desk for amulets, EMA charms and so forth is open from 9:00～17:30.|
|Notes||Be sure to check the route carefully when coming from the Gion direction, as it can be a bit confusing. On holidays, queues form with people waiting to pass through the "power stone monument for breaking off bad relations and initiating good ones".|
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
No guidance in English.
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|