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    Matsuno-o Taisha Shrine

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    Matsuno-o Taisha Shrine

    Ancient mountain deity whose sacred water used for making sake

    According to the shrine legend, origin of this shrine is from the time when ancient people enshrined the deity of Mt. Matsuo as guardian of people’s life.  Later, an immigrant clan of the Hata from Korea recognized the deity as the universal tutelary god and established a new shrine building in 701. The embodiment of a deity which descended from its body is enshrined on the top of Mt. Matsuo behind the main shrine that passes down an ancient Japanese religious belief. The legend says that Matsuno-o Taisha Shrine has been worshipped as the deity of sake brewing since Hata clan passed down the new sake brewing techniques to Japan. Brewers in Japan come to the well “Kameno-i” to use this sacred water flowing from Mt. Matsuo, and they use it for sake brewing. Sacred wine casks are arranged in the shrine to wish safe sake brewing and prosperity for the brewing industry, passing on their worship into the sake. It is recommended to see “Joko no Niwa Garden” created by the landscape architect, Mirei Shigemori.  Large stones in the center of the garden are overwhelmingly powerful. There is also “Shinzo-kan Hall”, in which 21 statues of god, including three important cultural properties, are displayed. This is the shrine that is especially recommended for the sake lovers.

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


    Name Matsuno-o Taisha Shrine
    Address 3 Arashiyama Miyamachi, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-871-5016
    Hours Entry (gate open): 5:00-18:00 (special prayer until 16:00)
    Recommended Every year during the Yamabuki (Japanese mountain rose) blooming time, the Yamabuki Matsuri Festival is held.