Kenkun Jinja Shrine (建勲神社)

Kenkun Jinja Shrien is in Kyoto where the popular Sengoku warlord Nobunaga Oda is enshrined. The official name is “Takeisao Jinja Shrine”, but local people call it “Kenkun JInja Shrine”.

①Great view from Kenkun Jinja Shrien

②History of Kenkun Jinja Shrine

How to get to Kenkun Jinja Shrine from Kyoto station

When you take a train, you need to transfer to the bus.

When going to Kenkun Jinja by train

JR Kyoto station ➡JR Enmachi station➡ 【Transfer】Kyoto city bus(No.204 or No.205)➡Kenkun Jinja-mae Bus stop➡About 5minutes on foot.

Total about 30 minuets / Cost 420yen (Child:210 yen)

No.204 : Kitaoji Bus Terminal

No.205:Kitaoji Bus Terminal Vis Kinakuji Temple

When going to Kenkun Jinja by bus

①JR Kyoto Station(Bus stop:A3) ➡ Lighthouse-mae bus stop➡ about 6minuets on foot.

・No.6: Ritumeikan Univ.(Kyoto City bus)

②JR Kyoto Station(Bus stop:D2) ➡ Kenkun Jinja-mae bus stop➡ about 4minuets on foot.

・No.206: Kitaoji Bus Terminal Via Daitokuji Temple (Kyoto City bus)

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

Things of the glamour of Kenkun Jinja Shrine

①Great view from Kenkun Jinja Shrien

Kenkun Jinja Shrien is top of Funaoka-yama(Mt. Funaoka) that you can see Hieizan and Daimonji view. So there are about 100 steps of stonr steps up to the main shrine. If it is fine weather, you will see Mt.Higasi-yama and great view of townscape. In spring, cherry blossoms bloom around Ootirii and crimson weeping cherry trees bloom in the precincts that climbed the stone steps, so it is very beautiful and must-see!

Also, “Ootorii” is simply overwhelming. It is wooden Myojin Torii、5.5m in width and 7.2m in height. It was designated as national registration tangible cultural properties in 2008.

②History of Kenkun Jinja Shrine

Kenkun Jinja Shrine is the shrine established by the Emperor Meiji’s order in 1869, and the shrine deifying Oda Nobunaga. So Oda Nobunaga’s family crest is god coat of arm.

Why did an emperor deify Oda Nobunaga as a god…?

About 450years ago, all part of Japan was in the midst the warlike ages when a battle doesn’t cease.A town in Kyoto was attacked by war fire all the time, and the most part in the town was a burned field.People were getting more and more degenerate day by day. Kyoto Gosho Palace was also wasted and it wasn’t also possible to hold a ceremony in Imperial Court completely.But after that Oda Nobunaga won in a war in Okehazama, and a quarrel has disappeared from the world. Oda Nobunaga came to Kyoto by an order of Oogimachi emperor in 1568, then he initiated repairing in the Imperial Palace and endeavored after revival in Kyoto.

Oda Nobunaga is also the person who rescued Kyoto by the translations which say so.The shrine where Oda Nobunaga was made a god is being built and he’s being deified to the achievements.


My recommendation

A game related to Kenkun Jinja Shrine, “刀剣乱舞 Torabu”

Kenkun Jinja Shrien has the sword used by Nobunaga Oda,so this shrine is sacred place for Torabu. In 2018,  Yagentoshiro reproduction sword was made. More and more fans come to visit!

Kenkun jinja Shrine entrance fee

Entrance fee


Entrance hour

9:00am〜 5:00pm



Daitoku-ji and Imamiya shrine are spread in the north side of Kenkun shrine and Funaokayama park is spread in the west side.

When Kenkun shrine is Gozannookuribi on August 16, You can see “Daimon-ji”, “the left Daimon-ji” “Funakata” and “homyo”. It is the popular enjoyment spot.

The rule of thumb of inspection time will be 2-about 3 hours from a lot of the interesting place of an approach to Shrine and a precinct with the difference of ups and downs. It may probably be estimated rather a little more in legs in case of a person with anxiety and a small child buddy.Steep stairs are climbed, so I’d like something also to tend to walk shoes by the clothes which tend to move.


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