Ota-jinja Shrine is famous for Kakitsubata

Kyoto has declared a third state of emergency to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

I hope we can deliver seasonal Kyoto on the web.

This time we will introduce Ota-jinja Shrine, an outer shrine of Kamigamo-jinja Shrine (Kamowakeikazuchi-jinja Shrine).

Its origin is unknown, but it is an ancient shrine that is said to have existed before Kamigamo-jinja Shrine built in 678.

The name of Ota-jinja Shrine was also listed in the Engishiki Jinmyocho (Register of Deities of the Engishiki) compiled in 927.

"Engishiki jinmyocho" is a list of shrines across the country at that time that were designated as official shrines.

It is said that the main hall and worship hall were rebuilt in 1628.


Ota-jinja Shrine is located about a 10 minute walk east of Kamigamo-jinja Shrine along Shake-machi (a town where many Shinto priests live).

The enshrined deity, Ame no Uzume no Mikoto, is worshipped as a god of entertainment improvement.

The Sawa Pond on the east side of the temple precinct is a famous spot for Kakitsubata (rabbit-ear irises).

About 25000 wild Kakitsubata grow wild in Ota no Sawa, about 2000 square meters.

The flower is said to have lived here since ancient times when Kyoto was still a lake, and is designated as a national natural monument.

FUJIWARA no Shunzei, a poet from the late Heian period to the early Kamakura period, also wrote a poem about the scene of "Otanosawa no Kakitsubata".

Ota no Sawa was already a scenic spot for Kakitsubata in the Heian period, I see.


The best time to see it is around the middle of May every year, but it seems to start blooming about 2 weeks earlier this year.

Will the world be calm by the time the dark and light purple flowers color the whole area of Ota no Sawa?

Ota-jinja Shrine
340 Kamigamo Motoyama, Kita Ward, Kyoto City
10 minutes walk from Kamigamo-jinja Mae, City bus stop

*A state of emergency to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus has been issued throughout Kyoto Prefecture from Sunday, April 25, 2021 to Tuesday, May 11.

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