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    Hirano Jinja Shrine

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    Hirano Jinja Shrine

    Famous for many varieties of cherry blossom trees and popular for matchmaking

    This prestigious shrine was built by Emperor Kanmu in association with the relocation of Heian-kyo capital in Kyoto in 794. Fore deities, Imakino Okami, Kudo Okami, Furuaki Okami and Hime Okami, are enshrined at the annexes respectively. From the time of its foundation, it is said that the shrine used to have as large an area as the Imperial Palace. Best feature of this shrine is its cherry trees. This shrine is known for the best place for cherry blossom viewing, hence, the shrines crest is emblazoned with a cherry blossom flower motif.  It has more than 1,000 year’s history since the time when a few thousand cherry blossom trees were planted during the Heian period (794-1185). You can enjoy 50 species of over 400 cherry blossom trees, including Gyoiko cherry blossom.  Visitors can enjoy different kinds of cherry blossoms from the end of March to early May. On 10th of April, the big event “Oukasai Festival” is held including “Shinko Festival.” In the festival, a procession of approximately 250 people dressed in historical costumes parade along the local area which is the high point of the festival. This shrine is named “Shrine for flower and female”. The deity is Hime no Kami, Guardian deity for women, therefore, it is said people can receive the favor of pregnancy and benefit from matchmaking.

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


    Name Hirano Jinja Shrine
    Address 1 Hirano Miyamoto-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-461-4450
    Hours Entry (gate open): 6:00-17:00 (until 22:00 during cherry blossom time)
    Recommended On April 10th every year, the Sakura Festival will be held and the mikoshi (portable shrine) will parade through the surrounding area.