Himuro Shrine
Himuro Shrine
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razorbagel
Baltimore, MD41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
this is definitely a unique temple: the deity it honors is the ice god, which is why you may see little blocks of ice (lanterns) lining the front steps or the other pathways on the shrine's grounds.

the monk who works here is very dedicated to his duties. if you go, please be mindful of the fact that himuro shrine is a place of worship, and act accordingly when you're within the main building. this may be one of my favorite goshuins from my trip, but the coolest thing we got was the ice fortune. it's an easy stop while you're in nara (the bus stops almost directly out front) and it's a pretty memorable experience, even if you've already notched several temple visits into your itinerary.
Written 6 March 2020
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,401 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Himuro Shrine was just opposite to the Nara National Museum. It has great story behind the scene and connected to the devotion to God of Ice. During our short visit there prior to go to the main temple, we saw a ceremony there at the Shrine. Worth a visit if you have time.
Written 8 December 2019
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,965 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This Shinto Shrine goes back to the Nara Period and was built in 710. There was an ice house up the river and it was moved to where the shrine new stands and ice was offered to those in power and certain times of the year. The offering continues today and there was a block of ice at the entrance.It was quite different to the Buddhist Temples but worth a look.
Written 20 September 2019
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Tiddy W.
Bangkok, Thailand5,091 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
Small shrine with peaceful atmosphere that well known for its Kakigori God. Normally many locals who open kakigori shop like to visit here for praying to the diety for their business and so on. Also, there is an interesting annual event which many kakigori stalls throughout the city come and sell here and surely many visitors come here for that.

Apart from being an ordinary shrine, here is one of the historical shrine that was built since Nara era.

Don't miss to get an experience of "Shaved Ice offering " and "Ice Fortune"

To offer the diety the kakigori, simply contact the staff there for a bowl of shaved ice with the donation of 300 yen or more. Then take the ice bowl to the stand in front of the diety. Let's pray as you wished. After finish praying take the ice bowl to another table where the plain syrup provided, and finish the sweets and refreshing kakigori as you like. Wash and return the bowl at another table.

For Ice Fortune, donate about 200 yen or more for casting the fortune stick, then pick up the oracle paper with the same number that showed on the fortune stick, take that plain paper to the ice brick and swipe it to read the oracle. Such an interesting gimmick. However the oracle paper is provided only in Japanese language.

Another interesting place and thing to do if you have spare time, want to pray or study the Japanese religious culture with different style and offering object.

The shrine locate on the main road nearby the entrance to Todai-ji temple, in Nara Park area.

Parking space with fees available next to the shrine.
Written 18 September 2019
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The Travelling Piggy
London, UK6,250 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
A truly spectacular site with great history. I knew nothing about the ice God and the devotion. The cherry blossoms outside looked amazing and we managed to see one of the oldest cherry blossom tree still being kept standing!! Poor tree.
Written 1 April 2019
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Dr. Shibuyakko
California44,874 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
This small charming shrine near Todaiji Temple has one great old beautiful shidare sakura tree. If you're in the vicinity in sakura season, go visit.
Written 29 March 2019
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CatherineBulg
Moscow, Russia161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
We made a small detour to visit this Shrine and it was really worth it! Quiet atmosphere and beautiful cherry trees in bloom) Don’t hesitate to make a short pause there n your way from the railway station to Todai-ji Temple!
Written 14 July 2018
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platypus150
Melbourne, Australia31,615 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
In any other location such an old shrine would not be overlooked. Nara is different. The site here dates back over 1,100 years, but the shrine is not quite that old. It has a pleasant pond and cherry trees in the front and the usual things inside, plus the interesting story of the shrine (with English transalation).
Written 26 April 2018
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roach808
Juneau, AK843 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
Right in Nara Park, easily accessible, Himuro Shrine is dedicated to people who make ice and you can get a fortune that shows up when you put it on a block of ice. When getting my goshuin there, the clerk was nice enough to allow us to take a photograph. This is a well kept shrine with a few unique features.
Written 22 April 2018
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,401 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
By the time of our visit to this Shrine in early April, no flowers from the sakura trees could be seen around. Completely different from that of last year. A bit disappointed and just took a few photos and left for the main temple.
Written 16 April 2018
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