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    Go-o Jinja Shrine

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    Go-o Jinja Shrine

    Deity of legs for athletes, known as “Koma Inoshishi” guradian

    Go-o Jinja Shrine is located to the west of Kyoto Imperial Palace and on the opposite side of Karasuma Street. Enshrined deities are Wake no Kiyomaro who prevented a famous political conspiracy of Dokyo and devoted himself to developing the foundation of the Heian-kyo capital with his older sister Wake no Hiromushi. Originally Wake no Kiyomaro was enshrined at the location of Jingo-ji Temple on Mt. Takao, but later was relocated to the current site by the order of the Emperor Meiji in 1886. It enshrines the deity of legs. The legend says that when Kiyomaro met difficulties on the way to Usa Hachiman, 300 boars appeared and helped him travel to the destination, and his legs were cured. Therefore many people who wish to have healthy legs visit this shrine, including professional athletes. Sacred karin (quince) tree grows in the locality.  It is said that karin wine is made from the fruit that brings a benefit of relieving asthma. At the Inoko Festival, court events are reenacted. It is held on every 1st of November and the shrine precinct will be filled with a festive atmosphere.

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


    Name Go-o Jinja Shrine
    Address 385 Oukakuen-cho, Karasuma-dori Shimochojamachi-sagaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-441-5458
    Hours Entry: 6:00-21:00 (special prayer until 16:30)
    Recommended Every month on the 21st, from 15:00, Leg and Waist Festival which is to pray for the health of leg and waist is held.