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“A bit of an oddball”
Review of Yasui-Konpiragu

Ranked #98 of 1,382 things to do in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 March 2016

As opposed to other temples in Kyoto, this one exists primarily for the featured stone, which allows one to either thrive or perish in their love life (depending on which way they desire to travel through the stone.) It is a bit goofy, but worth a short detour.

1  Thank Edward W
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

it is said that if one prays here and crawl through the hole, then he/she can get rid of an unwanted love affair. we watched several young good-looking girls do the routine.

1  Thank tensaisimon
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Reviewed 3 December 2014

If you ever go to Kyoto, this shrine is a must. I briefly saw something on TV about it in the summer, and because of the unusual look of the huge power stone monument (with all its paper strips), I didn't hesitate to add Yasui-Konpiragu to my mental list of places to visit in Kyoto.

The shrine is open 24/7. I recommend going there as early as possible if you want to take good pictures before the morning crowd. The main attraction of Yasui-Konpiragu is the huge power stone monument with a hole for people to go through. The purpose of the monument is to help you get rid of bad relations and initiate good ones.

I really enjoyed going through the whole process of writing down my wish, going through the hole, and sticking my wish on the crazy looking monument. It's just something that you can't experience at any of the other shrines and temples.

The steps are very simple. First, you write your wish on a paper strip (courtesy payment of ¥100). Then, while thinking about your wish, go through the hole from the front to the back to cleanse off bad relations. Then from the back to the front, go through the hole one more time to initiate good fortune. Once you're out of the hole, stick your paper strip onto the monument.

The only warning that I have for this place is that the hole is basically on the ground, so dress accordingly.

They have a great website, too (in English and Japanese), with more details of the shrine.

5  Thank Yoshiko O
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Reviewed 26 June 2010

This small shrine isn't really a tourist attraction--there's no breathtaking historical architecture, nothing amazing to see, and it's on a bit of a side street south of Gion. But it was my favorite place to go in Kyoto. Though I never saw any other foreigners, there were always a few locals, usually young women, when I stopped by. Charms that the shrine sells help to get rid of those bad things connected to you, or to help bring good relationships to you.

The best part of the shrine is a small rock dome with a hole in the middle. For 100 yen, you write your wish on a slip of paper, and then take it with you while you crawl through the hole, and then back through to your original position. After that, you stick the paper on the dome with a dab of glue. And when I say that it's a rock dome, I'm only guessing, because the dome is completely layered in those slips of paper. I came back the day after I put one on, and could barely find it, as it had already been almost covered up.

So it doesn't have the flash of the Golden Pavillion or the uniqueness of Inari Taisha, but this little shrine is absolutely worth a visit if you're already in Gion.

6  Thank autumnrise
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Reviewed 3 June 2009

3 times in this shrine and it never gets old! it's a neat little shrine by kiyomizu-dera (清水寺) - didn't see any foreign visitors there but if you have time before/after your visit to kiyomizu, it's right by the bus stop "Higashiyama Yasui" (東山安井) on the opposite side of 清水寺 (once you get off the bus, don't cross the street... just turn into the small side street of love hotels and you will see a tori entrace on your left after a minute or two). you get to write your wish on pieces of paper (contribute 100 yen i think) and glue it on this little dome thing... it's pretty cool.... a bit different. the shrine doesn't close so you can drop by and check it out even after dark

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