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Imamiya-jinja Shrine (今宮神社)

A Shinto shrine located in Kita Ward, Kyoto City distinguished by its vivid red lacquering. The shrine is also called Tamanokoshi-jinja (the Shrine of the Jeweled Palanquin). The shrine was established to alleviate infectious disease and disasters in downtown Kyoto during the Heian period, and the shrine attracts faithful seeking sound health and long life. Venerable shops selling aburi mochi rice cakes stand in front of the shrine’s East Gate, and it is said eating these wards away disease and evil. The Yasurai Festival, held since the shrine’s founding to ward away infectious disease, is officially designated a national Important Intangible Folk-Cultural Property as the Yasurai-bana, and is held each year on the second Sunday of April.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Murasakinoimamiyachou 21 (Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea)

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Reviewed:2020/03/13 A shrine stablishe to ward off one of the many plagues
Imamiya Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Kita-ku, Kyoto. It is about 10-15 minutes walk from Daitoku-Ji, it is a nice day outing if you plan to group visit the few temples in the Kita-ku...
Reviewed:2019/02/24 Lively and beautiful
Very beautiful shrine complex, we combined our visit there with Daitokuji, passing through a bamboo groove on Buddhist monastery’s premises.
Shrine’ s proximity to a primary school gives it a lively...
Reviewed:2018/11/19 Great!
Imamiya Shrine is a hidden gem in Kyoto. I went here after going to nearby Koetsuji, and both sites were not crowded with tourists.

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Murasakinoimamiyachou 21 [map]
Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea
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          Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.