Daishogunhachi Jinja Shrine (大将軍八神社)

①A shrine as a power spot.

②”Hotokuden” as Treasure house.

③”Yokai” street

How to get to Daishogunhachi jinja Shrine

When going to Daishougunhachi jinja Shrine by bus

①JR Kyoto Station(Bus stop B2)➡ Kitano Hakubai-cho bus stop(or Kitano Tenman-gu mae bus stop)➡About 2 minutes on foot.

・No.50: Ritumeikan Univ.(Kyoto City bus)

No.101(Exp.): Kinkakuji Temple Via Nijo-jo Castle.(Kyoto City bus)

※No101(Exp.) bus is prepaid. Riding from the front door and from the back door. Please pay the fare when you boarding.

Total about 40〜45 minuets / Cost 230yen (Child:120 yen)

Thing of the glamour of Daishougunhachi jinja Shrine

①A shrine as a power spot.

Dausyougunhachi jinja is a shrine enshrined as a God power that protect people from all kind of disasters. Many people visit new buildings, moving, getting married, before traveling, etc. If you visit here, it is said that no disaster will occur. So this shrine is a power spot that is attracting attention nationwide. “Daishogun” refers to the god of direction, but it was also a very feared god. The reason why I’ve been afrai…… It has been said that if the direction where the “Daishogun” is damaged, it will suffer from disaster.

Emperor Kanmu build  a large general’s hall in the northwest corner of the castle gate (Gosho) Heian period in 749 from the back of Onmyo-do. That is the beginning of the founding of the Daishogunhachi Jinja Shrine. Kyoto shrines and temples often change places depending on the time, but Daoshougunhachi Jinja Shrine is a historical shrien that has been worshiped as a god of direction for a long time in the same place since the Heian-cho period.

 

②”Hotokuden” as Treasure house.

Hotokuden housese a lot of treasures and materials that have been passed down to the shrine. It was built to commemorate the designation of 80 statues of “Daishogun” as an important cultural property of the country. Open to the public twice a year in spring and autumn. On the fire floor, there are 80 wooden statues of great generals, all of which have powerful resentment. These statues were created from the middle to the end of the Heian period. the line of sight of the statues is arranged to gather in the center of the room. It represents the world of the “Star mandala” that represents the view of the universe. the only god of stars, “Daishogun” is gathered in one place in Japan. The sight is a masterpiece

〜About an Amulet〜

One of the amulet of “Hokuto Shichisei no Omamori(Amulet)” at Daishogunhachi-Jinja Shrine is very popular. The amulet has a Big Dipper and,due to the Japanese zodiac, only one star at a different location is sewn red. That red star will be your guardian star position. If you  pray to your guardian star in the Big Dipper, it seems to be profitable. There are other amulets that cannot be found at other shrines. Try to find your favorite one.

③”Yokai” street

The “Daishogun shopping street” on Ichijyo-ji street has mysterious legend that odd-shaped demons and youkai were marching in line at mid night. It is called “Hyakki Yagyo”. So the “Daishogun shopping street” is called “Yokai- street”.  There is the “Hyakki Yagyo Gallery” in the center of the shopping street. The gallery has a copy of the Hyakki night scroll is on display. There are also plenty of events. I’m recommended that you visit “Monomoke market” several time a year, and “Yokai disguise procession” every third Saturday of October.

Daishougunhachi jinja Shrine entrance fee

Entrance fee

Free

【Hotokuden】Entrance fee:500yen

Entrance time

9:00am 〜5:00pm

【Hotokuden】1st May〜5th May, 1st November〜5th November / 10:00am 〜 4:00pm

Map

Conclusion

Daishogunhachi jinja Shrien in Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, is located near the famous Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine. There are shopping street around, but if you go in one step, the precincts are very quiet. So you should visit Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine together.

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