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Matsuo Shrine

3 Arashiyama-miyamachi, Kyoto 616-0024, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-871-5016
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A hidden gem!

At around 10:30 AM, I received a same day admission for Katsura Rikyu for 1:30 PM. Since there... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2016
San Francisco, California
松尾大社 [京都] Matsuo-Taisha (Kyōto)

Matsuo-taisha was founded by the Hata-shi (clan) in 701. The Hata-shi brought techniques for... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2016
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3 Arashiyama-miyamachi, Kyoto 616-0024, Kyoto Prefecture
City Center
+81 75-871-5016
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

At around 10:30 AM, I received a same day admission for Katsura Rikyu for 1:30 PM. Since there are no places to visit in walking distance, I decided to visit Matsuo shrine, which was recommended by a girl at coffee shop. I and a couple...More

1  Thank 22Suz
Reviewed 22 April 2016

Matsuo-taisha was founded by the Hata-shi (clan) in 701. The Hata-shi brought techniques for brewing alcohol from rice from Korea. Because of this, and because the shrine is located at a sacred spring, sake companies pray here. On Hatsumode (New Year’s shrine visit) Matsuo-taisha serves...More

Thank ART196
Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

The torii (gate) is soooo big! It's a great addition to your day if you're already planning shopping and sightseeing around Arashiyama. You can get off the train the stop before the bamboo forest

1  Thank turkjj25
Reviewed 13 March 2016

It's not a common spot for visiting Arashiyama 嵐山. Only the garden needs to be paid to visit. The other areas are free. No bike parking but the people were nice to ask us to park at places that won't affect car parking.

Thank EC-HK
Reviewed 10 February 2016

I feel that most people skip Matsotaisha on their way to the far more popular Arashiyama. Both stops are on the Arashiyama line, and there's very little at the station to let you know about this local attraction. It's definitely worth getting off one station...More

1  Thank Nick d
Reviewed 24 January 2016

I found this shrine by accident while cycling to Kokedera temple. What I found did not disappoint! It is a big area with lots to look at and has some of the most amazing gardens incorporating water and rocks in a way I had never...More

Thank Jasmine C
Reviewed 1 November 2015

We did not pay to enter the gardens so this review is just for the shrine grounds. There is a sacred well with a turtle-shaped fountain head; behind it is a waterfall. It was a nice, quiet place to wander and look around. The gardens...More

Thank ALT44
Reviewed 10 June 2015

One of first visits to a Shinto shrine while visiting Japan. It's the grandest or greatest of the shrines but I'm delighted I found it and it wouldn't have happened if I weren't staying outside of Kyoto! I love this place for it quiet peacefulness...More

Thank RaySF
Reviewed 12 December 2014

We used the local bus from Granvia Hotel, very stuffy & seemed to take ages. Upon arrival the heavens opened & we made for shelter amongst the ubiquitous vending machines where we partook of a hot "coffee" called Morning Hit. Probably more caffeine in Red...More

Thank raffles123
City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its
blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered
shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street
bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to
peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home
goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center
is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and
clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
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