Nonomiya-jinja shrine in Sagano, Kyoto
This small shrine in a bamboo grove of Sagano area has a long history and is probably the nonomiya referred to in Genji-Monogatari (The Tale of Genji) written 1000 years ago by a court lady called Murasaki Shikibu. The shrine has a unique black torii gateway that is made of logs with bark.
Several gods are enshrined here. One of them are a god of good match and marriage and another is a god of an easy delivery.
Nonomiya literally means something like a field palace. Saio, an unmarried Imperial princess who was selected to serve the god of Ise-jingu shrine, had to stay in a nonomiya for a year to cleanse herself before leaving Kyoto for Ise. New Saio was assigned every time a new emperor acceded to the throne. Saios did not necessarily use a same nonomiya and this place was one of those nonomiyas. The first Saio who used this place was a daughter of Emperor Saga (786-842). The institution of Saio was abolished in the era of Emperor Godaigo (1288-1339) but the nonomiya remained as a Shinto shrine, that is Nonomiya-jinja.
How to get to Nonomiya-jinja
- 13 to 19 minutes from Kyoto station to Saga-Arashiyama station on JR railway San'in Honsen line. Then 10 minutes on foot.
- 42 minutes from Kyoto station to Nonomiya bus stop on Kyoto City Bus No. 28 bound for Daikaku-ji or Kyoto Bus No. 71 for Daikaku-ji or 72 for Kiyotaki and 5 minutes on foot (the time of a bus ride may vary due to traffic conditions).
- 10 minutes on foot from Arashiyama station of Keifuku Railway Arashiyama Line.
Hours and Admission
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