Goo Shrine
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: Nishijin District
A district with a long textile heritage, ancient Kyoto is still alive in the Nishijin District. Studded with its weaving factories, tea houses, and onsen, the neighborhood is charming and peaceful with a self-possessed air. Less traveled than other parts of the city, it is a district where you can take it at your own pace. Visitors can explore the many weaving and cloth houses, the free kimono shows, and the many shops selling traditional clothing and goods. Showcasing architecture with sloping roofs and wooden reliefs dating to decades past, the streets in the Nishijin District transport you back in time, making them a joy to wander.
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,534 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Came across this Shinto shrine while en route to The Kyoto Imperial Palace, from which it is on the opposite side of the road and about 400 metres from the main entrance. The boar is the featured animal and guardian at this shrine.
Written 17 September 2023
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caj68
Staines, UK147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Very interesting little shrine that you can pop into as it is opposite the Imperial Palace. Interesting history and worth including in your itinerary. It doesn't take long to wander around.
Written 9 February 2020
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AndreaUbok
Florida4,075 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We were walking past and saw this beautiful Shinto shrine and had to walk inside. This shrine is dedicated to the boar and dedicated to anything that has to do with pigs or people that suffer from leg and foot injuries. I have such blisters from walking and walking and it was a nice stop between the imperial Palace and the castle.
Written 26 September 2019
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LYLE Y
33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017
One of the most see Shinto Shrine in Kyoto. Located across the street from the Imperial Villa. This is a Shinto Shrine and not a Buddhist temple, it might be good to read up on the difference between a shrine and a Buddhist temple before going to Japan. This would assist you in better understanding the religious significance of the difference and to better understand the culture (similar to understanding the difference between Christians and Catholics).
Written 24 June 2018
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Sean F
Warragul, Australia19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
Enjoyed our visit to the Goo shrine after our visit to Kyoto Imperial Palace grounds. Stamped our goshuin books. Worth a quick look.
Written 10 November 2017
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Vickie W
Seattle, WA288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017
We stumbled onto this shrine by accident having left the Kyoto Imperial Palace grounds by a different gate than the one we used to enter. The Goo Shrine isn't very large and is dedicated to Lord Wake no Kiyomaro, a hero who blocked the usurpation of the imperial throne in 769. Ambushed and wounded, he was saved by 300 wild boars. They are considered guardians of the shrine. So you see images, statuary of wild boars throughout. Beautiful details everywhere, from the finials to the ground itself, to the purification area to where bad fortunes are left. Definitely worth a visit if you can fit it in.
Written 4 May 2017
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan15,112 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Solo
Goo Shrine is dedicated to Wakeno Kitomaro, an nobleman in Heian Period. As he traveled, he was guided by wild boars and thanks to them escaped from a dangerous situation. This is why there are many miniatures of wild boars in this shrine. There is also a symbolic Torii gateway, through which you can worship at Ise Jingu Shrine.
Written 7 October 2016
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YG
Huntington, NY767 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Family
A very popular among locals small temple in a few steps from Emperor Palace. Its dedicated to the boars because they have saved a badly wounded samurai bringing him for many killometres to this temple where his legs and feet injuries were successfully treated. So its all about podiatry;) Its has hundreds of boars as a sculptures, figures and ornaments. Beautiful little gem!
Written 15 May 2016
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WalterL855
Schwechat, Austria52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
The GOO shrine is right beside the hotel Garden Palace and one can see the monuments even later in the evening. The central target is the boar, where the story is, in the 7th century, a japanese count tried to save the emporers line and hundreds of boars helped him on the way. His leg was hurt too and he was healed on his way. Thats why the boar is the central figure. In November there is a boar festival there. Many prayers come and ask for healing their bad legs.
Written 12 April 2015
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西村明
Kyoto, Japan22,340 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Mr. Fukuro Morino II contributed this to us at ``The Power of Rakugo'' (39th Yuyake Kyoto Juku). This shrine sometimes holds such events, Kobunin seminars, cultural lectures, etc. at the Goo Kaikan. In addition, a ``Special Autumn Exhibition'' will be held for free during the three-day weekend related to Sports Day. You can take this opportunity to view the Goo Hall and the shrine office guest hall. It's also near the Imperial Palace.
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Written 24 March 2024
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