Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū Shrine 石清水八幡宮

Iwashimizu Hachimangū Shrine, Kyoto

Main Iwashimizu Hachimangū shrine building, Kyoto

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The huge complex of Mount Otokoyama

South of Kyoto is the Iwashimizu Hachiman Shinto shrine, built in the town of Yawata on Mount Otokoyama. Classified as a National Treasure, it is worth a visit if you are visiting Kyoto or Osaka.

The on-site visit

 

It is possible to access the shrine from several sides, including the south gate (long approach) or the east gate (short approach). It is thus possible to climb the mountain on foot, to enjoy a walk under the trees and cross the various torii , but a funicular has also been installed, leading to the top of the mountain.

The various enclosures and buildings all display splendid colors, as well as a beautiful sculpted bestiary (dragons, doves, tigers...). The highlight of the show is the current main building, built by Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1634, in the "Asuri Momoyama" style.

Iwashimizu Hachiman

bull alley

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Iwashimizu Hachiman

Torii and altar

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Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Timetable

    On the Keihan line, get off at the Yawatashi stop (35 minutes from Gion-Shijo in Kyoto or Kyobashi in Osaka) Then take the funicular to Otokoyama Sanjo or 40 minutes on foot to the shrine.
  • Price

    Free access
  • Access

    Open daily: April to September: 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. October: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. November to March: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Website

    http://www.iwashimizu.or.jp/other/image/english/map_english_20161020.pdf

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