Site of the First Kick for Rugby

December 7 is "Rugby World Cup Anniversary".

"第一蹴の地 (Site of the First Kick for Rugby)" in Kansai is located in Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (Kamomioya-jinja Shrine) and Tadasu no Mori Forest.

In 1910, rugby training was held for the first time in Kansai at subsidiary "Sawata-sha Shrine".

At that time, a student of Keio Gijuku taught rugby to a student of Dai3 (The third) High School under the old system (The current Kyoto University).

It is said that the first place where a rugby ball was kicked during the practice was the riding ground in front of Sawata-sha Shrine.

This practice led to the formation of the "Rugby Club Gakusuikai of Dai3 High School".

In 1911, the first match between Keio Gijuku and Dai3 High School under the old system was held.


The Sawata-sha Shrine was originally enshrined as a Kamo-sha Kandachi (shrine dedicated to religious ceremonies) in Kyoto Imperial Palace on the land called Satta in Kamosha Jinkan-Goten.

The current one was rebuilt in 2017 as part of the Shikinen Sengu project.

It is unique that not only Ema but also the offering box is rugby style.

You can get a rugby Ema at the nearest Kawai-jinja shrine.

Kawai-jinja Shrine is also known for its "Guardian of Victory in Soccer" while Shimogamo-jinja Shrine is known for its "Kemari Hajime" which is a special feature of the New Year.


In 1969, a monument was erected by a former member of the kicking club of the former Dai3 High School "Site of the First Kick".

The stone monument is engraved with the shape of a rugby ball, and people from all over the country visit the shrine.

Now, 110 years after the first kick, we are in the midst of a "57 National Rugby University Championship".

Doshisha University and Kyoto Sangyo University will be ranked 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in the Kansai Games, which will be held on Sunday, December 13.

I would like to pray for the good performance of each university team rather than the holy land of rugby fans and rugby fans.

Sawata-sha Shrine
2-21 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City (in the Shimogamo-jinja Shrine and Tadasu-no-Mori)
3 minutes on foot from Shimogamo-jinja Mae bus stop, or 6 minutes on foot from Tadasunomori bus stop

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