Kibune Shrine in Kyoto

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The ancient Kibune Shrine complex, also known as Kifune-jinja Shrine, is famous for the beautiful stone staircase lined by red wooden lanterns and maple trees at the entrance. The Shinto shrine complex contains 3 different pavillions (Honguu, Yui-no-yashiro, Okumiya) which can be found during a 1km hiking tour along the river Kibune. Best Ryokans in Kyoto Explore Ryokans in Kyoto >
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The shrine is the headquarter of appr. 500 Kibune Shrines located all over Japan. This shrine has been worshiped as the god of water and rain. Also people say the Kibune Shrine brings romance to the people:) My tip: The best time to visit this place is during the cherry blossom season.

  • Kibune Shrine:
  • Opening Hours - 6:00 am to 8:00 pm (May to November)
  • Opening Hours - 6:00 am to 6:00 pm (December to April)
  • Admission Fee - free

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Kibune Shrine has a history of over 1600 years. The Shinto shrine was founded during the time of the 18th Emporer Hanzei (336 - 410).


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Kibune Shrine is located in the hills 15 km northeast of Kyoto City.
Address: 180 Kuramakibunecho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto

How to get to Kibune Shrine?

  • 3min from Kyoto Station to Tofukuji Station by JR Nara Line and
  • 12min from Tofukuji Station to Demachi-Yanagi Station by Keihan Main Line

Sightseeing spots

shrine complex:

Honguu - main hall / shrine was rebuilt in 2007

Yui-no-yashiro - also known as the Nakamiya or inner hall

Okumiya - this was the original shrine and known as back hall

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)


Miyako Odori (1st - 31th)
The traditional annual spring dance of the Kyoto district Gion Kobu performed by Geiko and Maiko is a must-see on your Kyoto visit. Don't miss the most popular dances the Miyako Odori "Cherry Blossom Dances" or "Dances of the Old Capital" at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater (located close to Gion Corner).


Aoi Matsuri (15th)
The highlight of this festival is a large parade from Imperial Palace through Shimogamo Shrine to the Kamo Shrines. More than 500 people wearing aristocratic costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185). The Aoi Matsuri belongs with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri to the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.

Sangyo-sai festival (lit. "Industry Festival") (8th)
This festival at the Fushimi Inari Shrine has the aim to ensure the prosperity of the nation's industry. On that day dances are performed and offerings are given in large quantities.


Kibune Festival (1st)
The mikoshi (portable shrine) procession along the Kibune river starts at 11.00 am. It is the most important annual festival of Kibune-jinja Shrine. During the procession traditional music will be played. Do not miss the beautiful kagura dance performance at the Kibune Shrine.


Gion Matsuri (whole month)
The month July is full of different events like the Yoiyama - Kyoto's Magical Night (locals in kimonos look at the giant Gion floats the day before the parade) or the famous Yamaboko Junko (float procession on the 17th of July).


Jidai Matsuri ("Festival of Ages") (22nd)
People celebrate with a large parade between Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. App. 2000 participants wearing historical costumes from different time periods. Enjoy this great festival which last around 2 hours.

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