Apr. 14, 2020 UPDATE
Imamiya-Jinja Shrine- 今宮神社 -
They have brochures in English for a nominal fee of 10 yen. The staff at the shrine are friendly although the shrine is not that large.
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A shrine that supports you for a very good relationship
Imamiya-Jinja Shrine was founded in 994 to protect Kyoto from pestilence, and in order to this the god of pestilence is enshrined in the shrine. The shrine itself is located close to Daitoku-ji Temple and not too far away from Mt. Daimonji. The buildings of the shrine are not as old though; they have been burnt down many times and the present ones were rebuilt in the beginning of the 20th century The shrine is also famous for the girl Otama who lived around the shrine and later became a concubine of the shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu, and from her success story the saying “tama no koshi,” meaning to marry a wealthy man, was born. Because of this, the shrine is sometimes called “Tama no Koshi Shrine,” and the shrine is thought to be a good place to pray for good marriage-luck, as the girl Otama had exceptional luck, eventually mothering the fifth shogun. Tokugawa Tsunayoshi.
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