Nonomiya Jinja Shrine(野宮神社)

Nonomiya-jinja Shrine is a Shinto Shrine lacated in Sagano, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City.

This shrine famous for the benefits of marriage and romance, and so historical that it appears in the “Sakaki no Maki” of The Tale of Genji.

Nonomiya Shrine is at the starting point of the bamboo forest road and is crowded with many people even on weekdays. Many people got to Nonomiya Shrine in search of the benefits of marriage, but in fact there are many other benefits. I introduce the history of Nonomiya Shrine, its highlight and the benefits you can get.

①A Shrine with a taste that appears in the Tale of Genji.

②The shrine that has historically been a mysterious place.

③The shrine with many gods and it that benefits you.

How to get to Nonomiya-jinja Shrain

When going to Nonomiya-jinja Shrain by train

①JR Kyoto Station ➡ JR Sagamino Line “Sagaarashiyama” Station ➡ About 10 minuets on foot.

Take the “Kameoka bound” or “Sonobe bound” train from platform 32 at Kyoto Station.

Total about 30minute/ Cost 240 yen

When going to Nonomiya Shirain by bus

①JR Kyoto Station(Bus stop:D3) ➡ Nonomiya bus stop➡ about 3minuets on foot.

・No 28 :Daikakuji Temple Via Arasshiyama (Kyoto City bus)

Total about 1 hour/ Cost 230yen (Child:120 yen)


②JR Kyoto Station(Bus stop:C6) ➡ Nonomiya bus stop ➡ about 5 minuets on foot.

・No 72 :Arashiyama・Kiyotaki (Kyoto bus)

Total about 1 hour/ Cost 230 yen (Child:120 yen)

During the cherry blossom season and the autumn leaves season, it may take more than 50 minutes due to traffic jams in Kyoto city. It’s better to go by train as much as possible.


Things of the glamour of Nonomiya-jinja Shrine

①A Shrine with a taste that appears in the Tale of Genji.


Nonomiya Shirien’s torii is called “Kuroki Torii”, which uses a Kunugi tree (a kind of oak) with its bark attached. It is said to be the oldest primitive form of torii and the oldest torii form in Japan. Koshibagaki which is often introduced as a highlight of the shrine, used to act as a barrier that separates sacred and commonplace. One of the reason why Kuroki Torii is famous is that it appears in “The Tale of Genji”.

About “The Tale of Genji”・・・・The author is a famous poet and writer Murasaki Shikibu. “The Tale of Genji” is the only story that she left. There are about 500 characters, and 795 waka songs are enshrined according to the emotions of the characters.The story of woman’s struggles related to the aristocratic society as seen from Murasaki Shikibu, the politics of the Fujiwara period,etc. Many modern translatons of this story, which can be said to be a legacy of the Heian period public culture. Increasingly easy-to-use novels and comics that have been rewritten in a modern way, you can easily touch the aristocracy in the Heian period.


〜Nonomiya Carpet Moss〜

In the precincts of Nonomiya Shrine, there is a moss garden called “Carpet Moss” that represents Arashiyama’s scenery with moss. The Hozu River is represented by white sand. You can’t enter “Nonomiya Carpet Moss”, so please watch it from around. In autumn, the leaves fall on the moss,which is exceptionally beautiful. There are many moss spots in Arashiyama, and carpet moss is a minor presence in it,but its beauty is indistinguishable.


Nonomiya Shrine’s “Nonomiya” is a place where “Saio” can be cleansed for a certain period of time. “Saio” refers to an unmarried woman who serves the Amaterasu god of Ise Shrine (Mie Prefecture) on behalf of the Emperor. “Saio” was chosen when the Emperor was newly accused, and they settled away from the secular world in “Nonomiya” in order to “get closer to God.” This practice was abolished in the Period of the Northern and Southern Courts and no longer exists. However, every year on the third Sunday of October, an event called “Saiku gyoretsu(Saiku parade)” is held. This is reproduction of how Saio’s traveled to Ise Shrine. A gorgeous procession dressing in gorgeous costumes such as government officials and officials walks through bamboo forests in Arashiyama, including SAIODAI, chosen by local women.

③The shrine with many gods and it that benefits you.

There is Nonomiya Oomikami as a god of study, Nonomiya Daikokuten as a god of marriage, a child-giving god, Shirafuku Inari as a god of safe delivery, and Shiramine Benzaiten as a god of wealth and entertainment. Therefore, you can ask various gods when you go to Nonomiya Shrine. There is “Kameishi” next to Nonomiya Daikokuten. It is said that your wish will come true within one year when you put the Kameishi. Nonomiya Daikokuten is famous as a god of marriage, so it is a power spot for love. In addition, Nonomiya Daikokuten can not only bring good relationships but also cut off bad relationships. As a way to cut off bad relationships, there is a barrel filled with water with the left hand of Nonomiya Shrine. White what you want to cut off o a paper called “Misogibarai seijyo kigan(禊祓清浄御祈願)”. Float the paper in the water of a barrel with water on the left hand on Nonomiya Shrine, and pleace the coin on the paper and sink it. It is said taht if letters disappear and the paper sinks, your wish will come true.

My recommendation!

As a walking route, there is a route to Tenryuji via Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Road(Chikurin-no-Koji). If you walk for about 15 minutes, you can go to the world heritage Tenryuji Temple and enjoy sightseeing in Kyoto and travel. There are Togetsukyo Brige, Arashiyama, Horinji Temple, etc, so you might want to take a stroll there. Arashiyama is especially famouse for its cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, so it’s recommended to extend your legs in the spring and fall.


Nonomiya-jinjya Shrine entrance fee


Nonomiya-jinjya Shrine entrance time




Nonomiya Shrine is a popular hidden power spot that benefits from good relationships, the treasure that is children, and fortune. Nonomiya Shrine famouse for the wishes of many worshipers. Say your wish while stroking Kameishi at the same time as the visit, and experience whether your wish will come true within a year.


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