Hi there, today’s topic is Kyoto shrine. So, I am not going to talk about the famous Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine or the Shimogamo-jinja Shrine. I know that you must heard that Kyoto is a place housing thousands of shrines and the most famous shrines are from Kyoto. I want to share with you guys two little nice shrines I came across while strolling around Shimogyo Ward in Kyoto. Actually, both of they are not far from Shijo Omiya and Shijo. If you are willing to walk around this area, which is scattered with temples and shrines, I’m sure you will find them.
The first shrine is Kandaijin Shrine or Jinja (Jinja is the Japanese word for shrine). It’s extremely easy to find shrines and temples tucked away in every corner in Kyoto. Kandaijin Shrine is surrounded by residential buildings and stores and makes a small oasis where people can go and pray. This shrine is said to be built on the family home and birthplace of famous Heian scholar, poet, and politician Sugawara no Michizane. Water for his first bath as a newborn was said to have drawn from a well still maintained on the shrine grounds. That being said, there are a few other shrines in the city that make the same claim to fame.
The next shrine I would introduce is Gojo tenjin Shrine, which I came across while wandering along a narrow street in the upper Shinmogyo Ward. The Gojo-Tenjin Shrine is dedicated to the god of medicine and adorned with a torii, a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of a shrine. Knowing the history of a shrine could be very helpful if you want to find the right god to pray. Next time your body feels discomfort or suffers from illness, maybe this shrine is a good option for you before turning to your doctor.