A Shrine for Entertainers: Kurumazaki-jinja Shrine

If Fushimi Inari Shrine is known for its thousands of red torii gates, the red tamagaki [fence of the shrine] in Kurumazaki-jinja Shrine distinguishes itself from other shrines. If Fushimi Inari’s red torii gates inscribe the names of businesses, Kurumazaki-jinja Shrine’s tamagaki contains the names of people in the entertainment industry.

Geino-jinja Shrine Main Hall at Kurumazaki-jinja Shrine
Geino-jinja Shrine Main Hall
Tamagaki [shrine fence]
Tamagaki [shrine fence]

Geino-jinja Shrine

The sub-shrine of Kurumazaki-jinja called Geino-jinja Shrine is known to help people in entertainment professions. Located in Arashiyama, Kurumazaki-jinja is very near Toie Eigamura, also a film studio. So it is likely that the shrine gets many visitors of the entertainment professions. To tell the truth, I decided to visit the shrine for the same reason. I have a corporate job as a video producer but I want to make it as a film scriptwriter and create commercial films. There’s nothing wrong in wanting to be blessed by the almighty.

Geino-jinja Shrine
Geino-jinja Shrine
Inside Geino-jinja Shrine
Inside Geino-jinja Shrine

Curious visitors also come to the shrine to find famous names on the tamagaki and take souvenir photos. The souvenir shop where you buy omamori [Japanese lucky charms sold at religious places] feature some testimonials of entertainers whose wishes were granted. I both a yellow omamori that I still keep inside my wallet.

Tamagaki with names of entertainers
Tamagaki with names of entertainers

Tucked in a quite suburb of Arashiyama, the shrine itself has a very peaceful atmosphere. I found myself wandering between the red tamagaki, appreciating its beauty. This is a small shrine that can be explored in less than an hour. Although I stayed for much longer because I feel at ease with the place. It was also not crowded with only a couple of shrine visitors exploring the grounds with me. The Kyoto sun was also blaring hot so I wanted to spend some time in the shade. I highly recommended this shrine to getaway from the bustle of much popular bamboo forest or Togetsukyo bridge.

Getting to Kurumazaki-jinja is easy because it is serviced by a station in the Keifuku Randen tram line. The station is Kurumazaki-jinja on the Arashiyama line. From the train station, its a short walk to the main entrance of the shrine. There is no entrance fee and it’s open from 8:30am until 5:30am.

Address:
23 Sagaasahicho, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
京都府京都市右京区嵯峨朝日町23
Tel. No. 075-861-0039
Website: http://www.kurumazakijinja.or.jp/

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