In Japan’s ancient capital Kyoto, there are many “power spots” that have long attracted believers, or even those just looking for an instant injection of spiritual energy in their lives.
Power spots are special energy spots scattered all around Japan, and visiting them is said to bring vitality to the body and spirit, and bring good fortune to all aspects of life, e.g. everything from health, love, study, finances, marriage, entertainment and so on are thought to benefit from energy found in power spots. It gets quite specific too, as the type of potential benefits gained can depend on the site visited. Head out to some of Kyoto’s most spiritually-charged power spots below and find your own boost of positivity!
Jishu Shrine (inside Kiyomizu-dera)：love and relationships（En-musubi）
Kyoto’s Jishu Jinja (Jishu Shrine) is located just north of Kiyomizu-dera’s (Kiyomizu Temple) main hall, and is popular among young women and couples seeking their love fortunes via the god of marriage. There is a pair of wish stones called “Koiuranai-no-ishi” (love fortune stones), and it is said that if you close your eyes and walk from stone to stone you will realize your love. If you reach the other stone unassisted your love wishes will be fulfilled quickly, but if you need help from others to get between the stones then your love goals will also need help from other people. Please also visit the shrine’s main hall, as the enshrined god (Okuninushi-no-mikoto) will also bless you in your love journey.
Fushimi Inari Taisha：huge harvest・prosperous business
They are apparently over 30,000 Inari Shrines in Japan. Fushimi Inari Shrine, which has been worshipped for over 1300 years, is known as Japan’s primary Inari shrine. In addition to helping create prosperous business and fertility, it is said that worshipping at the shrine is effective for safe birth, peaceful healing and academic achievement, thus many people come to pray at the shrine. Don't miss the “Senbon Torii” (one thousand torii) where the red torii gates are connected in a long tunnel-like formation.
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Yasui Konpira-gu Shrine：Enmusubi / Enkiri（love and relationships /dissolution of a relationship）
Yasui Konpira-gu Shrine is the first place you’ll want to visit if you’re looking for a good relationship. It’s claimed that if you climb through a hole in the center of the stone called the “enkiri (separation) enmusubi(marriage) stone”, bad and sour relationships can be ended and new, positive relationships can be initiated. This extends beyond human relationships too, as partaking in the stone ritual can also help ward off things like bad habits and diseases. The enmikuji fortune slips which show the chance of relationship success are popular, and we recommend you purchase a set of the enkiri and enmusubi good-luck marriage charms also.
Yasui Konpira-gu Shrine
Utsukushi-gozen Shrine（inside Yasaka Shrine）：Beauty
There are three beautiful goddesses of Japanese history who are enshrined In the precincts of the Utsukusi-Gozen Shrine. Legend tells that if you wash your skin with the mystical “beauty water” from the spring in the shrine then you will attain great inner and outer beauty yourself. Pay a visit the shrine and use some of the water on your own skin to make it more beautiful!
Suzumushi-dera (temple) is a place where you can enjoy the sounds of suzumushi (Japanese crickets) all year round. The temple’s main Jizo statue (Buddhist deity) grants worshippers one wish each, and then he will visit their homes (he wears waraji (sandals) for this reason) – so be sure to give him your name and address so that he can come to your place! Also, the yellow packaged happiness charms sold here are rather cute and would make a nice spiritual memento of your visit.
Kodaiji Temple：Recover from lllness
Kodaiji is a temple that is visited by many tourists because of its beauty, and the cow statue at Tenmangu Shrine in Kodaiji provides the benefit of healing sicknesses; if you have a problem with a part of your body, then stroking the corresponding body part on the cow will allow the condition of your troublesome body part to improve. In addition, the national historic site and scenic spot Chisenkaiyushikiteien (fountain pond garden) is a highlight. You can enjoy strolling around the pond in the middle of the peaceful garden, and it is also lit up during special events.
Kiyomizu-dera：School fulfillment, Romance fulfillment, Life Longevity
Kiyomizu-dera (Kiyomizu Temple) is the iconic sightseeing spot in Kyoto. The Kiyomizu-dera stage, the main hall of Kiyomizu-dera, is very famous as a great photo spot where you can get a panoramic view of the variety of Kyoto’s scenes rotating between the four seasons: cherry blossoms, fresh greenery, autumn leaves, and the constant which is the city of Kyoto. The power spot to visit when you come to Kiyomizu-dera is “Otowa Falls” within the temple’s grounds. This waterfall is divided into three separate streams, and the benefits differ between each i.e. when viewed from left to right: “School success fulfillment”, “Romance fulfillment” in the middle, and “Longevity of life” on the right.
Kifune shrine：love and relationships
Kifune Shrine is located deep in nature on the banks of a mountain stream, and its tranquil surrounds will definitely put the hearts of visitors at ease. It is known as one of the best power spots in Japan.
A famous Heian period poet, Izumi Shikibu, visited the shrine and prayed for reconciliation after issues in her marriage caused her husband’s change of heart. Her prayers were answered, thus Kifune Shrine became known as the "Koi no Miya" (palace of love). Good luck matchmaking charms (omamori) embroidered with imagery from the Heian era nobility are also popular.
Seimei Jinja：warding off evil
Seimei Jinja is a shrine dedicated to the onmyo-ji (Yin Yang diviner), Abe no Seimei, who played an active part in the middle of the Heian period. The shrine’s talismans are beneficial in warding off evil, and there are many worshipers who come to visit the shrine seeking divine intervention. It is a shrine that emits a somewhat unique, supernatural vibe where the main motifs are the pentacle (five point stars) and Shikigami (ghost-like creatures), which are found on the shrine’s torii, lanterns, and ema.