BLOGWalking2021.10.17

Autumn Cherry Blossoms and Shrines in Kyoto Gyoen

"Jugatsu-zakura (October cherry blossom) " is blooming.

As the name suggests, it is known as a cherry blossom that blooms from around October to winter.

It blooms twice in spring and autumn, and is characterized by smaller and lovely flowers compared to spring.

In Kyoto Gyoen (Kyoto Imperial Garden), you can see it on the east side of the "Demizu no Ogawa Brook" and on the north side of the "Munakata-jinja Shrine".

The season of autumn leaves is coming soon, and please look at autumn cherry blossoms, too.

The "Demizu no Ogawa" is a 110 meter-long artificial stream that has been built as a place for parents and their children to get in touch with the water.

It is a resting spot where the underground water becomes a shallow stream of about 20 centimeters and flows in the shade of trees.

It is close if you enter from Shimodachiuri-gomon Gate of Karasuma-dori street.

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Many people think, "Where is Munakata-jinja Shrine?"

Surprisingly, it may not be known that there are 3 shrines in Kyoto Gyoen (Kyoto Imperial Garden).

One of them is "Munakata-jinja Shrine," which enshrines Munakata Sanjojin.

Munakata Sanjojin refers to Takirihime no mikoto, Takitsuhime no mikoto, and Ichikishimahime no mikoto.

Munakata Sanjojin, also known as Michinushi no Muchi, is the god of all roads.

The temple's origin lies in the kanjo (ceremonial transfer of a divided tutelary deity to a new location) from Chikushi by FUJIWARA no Fuyutsugu under the order of Emperor Kanmu in 795.

It is said that the current main building was rebuilt during the Ansei era in the Edo period.

It was the residence of the Kazanin family until the Meiji Restoration, and it is said that Munakata-jinja Shrine was also located there.

After the mansion went out of use, only the main building of the shrine remains.

The precinct shrines include Kazan Inari-jinja Shrine, Kyoto Kanko-jinja Shrine, Shoshoi-sha Shrine, Hanami Inari-sha Shrine and Kotohira-gu Shrine.

From 10 to December, Karin fruits grow on the grounds, and from 11 to December, autumn leaves welcome visitors.

The sacred camphor tree is said to be 600 years old and is considered the oldest tree in the Kyoto Imperial Garden.

Under the autumn sky, why don't you visit the shrines those standing in the Kyoto Gyoen (Kyoto Imperial Garden) and enjoying the Jugatsu-zakura cherry blossoms?


Kyoto Gyoen (Kyoto Imperial Garden)
3 Kyoto Gyoen, Kamigyo-ward, Kyoto-city, Kyoto
3 minutes walk from Marutamachi Station (to Shimotachiuri-gomon Gate)

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