The powerful statues of Taishogun that grant guidance for right directions
This shrine is renowned for receiving guidance in helping one to make the best decisions for everyday life situations. It was built as a guardian shrine for the imperial palace at the west gate of the ancient capital located to the northwest of the palace during the creation of Heian-kyo (the ancient capital of Kyoto). Therefore this shrine has been called “Taishogun-san (great general)” and has been worshiped by people as a deity who grants good directions for building a house, moving and travel, preventing any troubles and misfortunes. Knowing a right direction in advance was very important for the people in ancient Kyoto. They visited this shrine before moving or traveling. For example, in case they discovered they were headed in a disadvantageous direction, they could avoid it by temporarily moving in a different direction then travel to the destination (it is called “Katatagae”). Even today a lot of people visit this shrine to seek the right direction. In the temple there are over 100 statues in the Hotoku-de Hall. Out of 100 statues, 80 statues are designated as national important cultural assets. These statues can be seen by the public in spring and autumn only twice a year, so try not to miss it. It is very impressive and a rare opportunity to see all the statues lined up.
Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
|Name||Daishogunhachi Jinja Shrine|
|Address||48 Nishi-machi, Ichijo-dori Onmae-dori-nishi-iru 3 cho-me, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto|
|Resevation||Hotoku-den Hall: 10:00-16:00 (open only between May 1-May 5; Nov. 1- Nov. 5; reservation required for other dates)|
|Recommended||Entry: 500 yen for Houtoku-den Hall|
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