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“A shrine for blessing for smooth pregnancy and marriage”
Review of Nonomiya Shrine

Nonomiya Shrine
Ranked #149 of 1,382 things to do in Kyoto
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

After walking through the bamboo grove, we came to this small shrine crowded with visitors. The temple priest was performing a ritual for a family and we were lucky to witness the ceremony.

From the colorful wooden ema plaques hang at one corner of the temple, I could read the wishes of the many devotees. Many asked for blessings for a blissful marriage and some wish to meet their destined loved ones.

From the signboard at one corner, I understand that the shrine was dedicated to the Goddess of the Sun and the Deity of Fire. It was constructed during the ancient days for imperial princesses who were unmarried and the Emperor sent them to the shrine to stay so that they underwent purification in order to be able to participate in a procession at the Ise Shrine.

Japan is a modern city of science and technology but the traditional shrines and religious customs continued to be preserved and worshipped. Such practices fill up the spiritual and psychological vacuum associated with the drastic change in lifestyle as a result of modernization. The ordinary folks appear calm and adjust pretty well in the face of any disaster or crisis.

The Bamboo Grove in Arashiyama is refreshingly beautiful with much greenery and this shrine enhanced the beauty of the greenery with her religious solemnity and calmness.

It is a lovely little shrine and a must visit when visiting the bamboo grove.

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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Came across a torii gate which means there must be a Shinto shrine inside while walking along the Bamboo Groves of Arashiyama. The shrine though not much famous as the other great Zen or Shinto ones has own famed story to tell.

Thank ECLadines
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Reviewed 18 December 2017

Nonomiya-jinja Shrine, dedicated to the Sun Goddess and to the deity of fire. Once filled with imperial princesses who were sent by their emperors to reside here to purify themselves, today it’s filled with modern princesses chasing after the next selfie moment. Oh yeah, people do come here to seek purity and perhaps to find love.

Thank JuiTeoh
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

It is a small shrine in the bamboo grove, it is worth to pay it a visit, it has a nice atmosphere. But be early in the grove, than it is not that crowded.

Thank ChibiSuzan
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Reviewed 31 July 2017

Not the best temple to spend your time at due to the amount of people who pass through. It looks very nice if you can get there early or in the evening.

Thank Daryl S
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