Kumano Nyakuoji-jinja in Kyoto

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The Shinto shrine Kumano Nyakuoji-jinja marks the end point of the famous Philosopher's Walk in Kyoto. Kumano Nyakuoji-jinja belongs to the group of three Kumano shrines in the city. Best Ryokans in Kyoto Explore Ryokans in Kyoto >
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The other two are Imakumano-jinja and Kumano-jinja. Yatagarasu, a three-legged crow, is the messenger of the temple. People come here to pray for academic and business success. Interesting to know that the national Japanese soccer team is wearing the Yatagarasu as an crest/symbol for victory on their shirts. The whole area is very popular during the cherry blossom season and autumn. The Nyakuoji Mountain behind the shrine looks amazing with all the coloured leaves in October and November. On top of the mountain is also the place where the founder of the Doshisha University, Niijima Jo, lies buried with his wife Yae. If you explore the other side of the mountain you will find a beautiful garden space called Oukaen with nearly 100 cherry trees (Yae and Yoko Sakura) and Takinomiya Shrine located under a waterfall.

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In 1160 Kumano Nyakuoji Shrine was founded by retired Emperor Go-Shirakawa (1127 – 1192). The Shinto shrine was established as a guardian shrine for Nyakuoji Temple. It was supported by the Muromachi shogunate and warrior families. Major reconstruction work was done in the end of the last century.


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Kumano Nyakuoji Shrine is located at the southern end of the Philosopher's Walk within the Sakyo Ward near Eikan-do Temple.
Address: 2 Nyakuojicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8444

How to get to Kumano Nyakuoji-jinja?

  • 35min from Kyoto St. to Nanzenji-Eikando-michi bus stop by Kyoto City Bus Nr. 5 and
  • 5min walk from the bus stop to Kumano Nyakuoji-jinja

Sightseeing spots


Honden - The main hall of the small shrine complex has an interesting architecture style.

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)


Cherry Blossom (Hanami) (beginning of April)
Take your time to walk along hundreds of cherry trees at the Philosopher's Walk. At the Kumano Nyakuoji-jinja you can enjoy during the first Sunday in April Taisho koto performances (Japanese harp with two to five strings) till 4pm.

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.


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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