Shrines & Temples

    Doso Jinja Shrine

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    Doso Jinja Shrine

    The deity of matchmaking and marital harmony

    Doso-shin (Traveler's Guardian Deity) is usually placed between streets and villages, hence this deity’s function is protection during travel and helping to avoid evil spirits. Doso Jinja Shrine was rebuilt during the era of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (late 16th century), but originally it has a quite a long history. Here enshrines Sarutahiko no Mikoto, deity for travel and Ama no Uzume no Mikoto, deity for entertainment. They’re a married couple deities, therefore, they have been worshiped for successful matchmaking and marital harmony. “Two figures Doso-shin”, there are many Doso-shin statues, but here is a couple statue of a man and a woman snuggled against each other, who are wearing the clothes of Heian period in front of the gate. It is a small shrine located between the buildings near Kyoto Station. Here you can see a harmonious couple and it makes people smile when they see it. The benefit of this shrine is for matchmaking, but if you visit with your partner, you can receive a blessing for a long and happy marriage life.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC
    Fujin-gaho,February issue,2012


    Name Doso Jinja Shrine
    Address Aburanokoji-dori Shiokoji-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-371-1827
    Hours Entry: free (for special prayer: -16:00)
    Recommended The small shrine in the precinct is sometimes counted as one of 25 Tenmangu shrines in Rakuyo.