Nonomiya Shrine
Nonomiya Shrine
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Neighbourhood: Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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r g
Las Vegas, NV18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
When visiting Kyoto and Arashiyama, start with the Tenryuji Temple and then do a circular tour to include the Bamboo Forest and just before the end of the tour is the Nonomiya Shrine. Although it is small compared to others, it has a unique history in that it was the place where future Empresses stayed until they were ready to take on their special duties in a selected shrine. It is also noted for being the marriage shrine, in that visitors come here to pray for a good marriage and protection of their children and the birth of the next child. It also has some smaller shrines within, as well as an interesting moss garden. One can also check one's fortune, and purchase an ema board to leave a prayer. Highly recommended.
Written 22 August 2023
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore9,241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
After walking through the bamboo grove, we came to this small shrine crowded with visitors. The temple priest was performing a ritual for a family and we were lucky to witness the ceremony.

From the colorful wooden ema plaques hang at one corner of the temple, I could read the wishes of the many devotees. Many asked for blessings for a blissful marriage and some wish to meet their destined loved ones.

From the signboard at one corner, I understand that the shrine was dedicated to the Goddess of the Sun and the Deity of Fire. It was constructed during the ancient days for imperial princesses who were unmarried and the Emperor sent them to the shrine to stay so that they underwent purification in order to be able to participate in a procession at the Ise Shrine.

Japan is a modern city of science and technology but the traditional shrines and religious customs continued to be preserved and worshipped. Such practices fill up the spiritual and psychological vacuum associated with the drastic change in lifestyle as a result of modernization. The ordinary folks appear calm and adjust pretty well in the face of any disaster or crisis.

The Bamboo Grove in Arashiyama is refreshingly beautiful with much greenery and this shrine enhanced the beauty of the greenery with her religious solemnity and calmness.

It is a lovely little shrine and a must visit when visiting the bamboo grove.
Written 8 January 2018
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TravelBytez
Singapore, Singapore531 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
Nonomiya Shrine (野宮神社), a.k.a the Shrine in the Country (nonomiya literally means "field palace"), is a (small) Shinto shrine located in the the district of Arashimaya within the proximity of the Bamboo Grove. The shrine dates back to the 7th century and is known for its ancient style of Kuroki No Torii (black torii gate). The torii is apparently the oldest Torii gate in Japan and the only one that maintains its rough outer texture and natural coloring (usually torii gates are red).

Within the grounds of the shrine there is a moss garden, along with the various gods that are enshrined there: a god of good match and marriage, a god of an easy delivery and a god of learning. Needless to say, given the type of gods that are enshrined here, it is popular with the singles (especially females), couples and students alike. People write their wishes on wooden plagues and then hang them up at designated ares in the shrine.

It was purely by coincidence that we stumbled upon this shrine, and since we were already there we decided to take a quick tour. Since we aren't really much of shrine/temple people, it took us no more than 20 minutes to explore the shrine. Within that short time span, it was interesting to see (hopeful) people earnestly writing and hanging up their wishes. Being a (small) shrine and within proximity to the Bamboo Grove, it had a serene environment despite the crowds.
Written 3 September 2016
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Keizo
Kawasaki, Japan1,548 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
Too many People including myself damages the atmosphere and noisy.
It is better to skip but this is on the way from Togetukyo Bridge to several temples so no way! The most crowded sight seeing spot in Japan. What a mess!
Written 2 June 2016
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MissOwlie
Oss, The Netherlands188 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
It is a small shrine in the bamboo grove, it is worth to pay it a visit, it has a nice atmosphere. But be early in the grove, than it is not that crowded.
Written 6 November 2017
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan15,204 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
This small lovely shrine is located at the beginning of Bamboo Forest Street. It is said that you have an easy delivery, when you pray this god.
Written 25 June 2016
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Emma C
Godalming, UK3,049 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016
There's no getting away from the fact that there's always about a million people here, but if you don't mind that, you're in for a little treat. It has such a nice atmosphere and stragely is quite calming.

To get here, walk into the Bamboo Forest and follow the signs or get one of the guys with their rickshaw to take you there.
Written 2 April 2016
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Warner L
Pasadena, CA660 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I was walking through an upscale neighborhood when I encountered this shrine. I didn't expect to find such a nicely appointed shrine in such a quiet area.
Written 14 November 2019
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Phi Somchai
Bangkok, Thailand3,752 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
We came to this little shrine on the way to the bamboo forest. Very peaceful place. The wishing stone is the highlight here.

A quick 10 minute stop.
Written 4 July 2019
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petertaylor57
Auckland Central, New Zealand422 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
On the tourist walk through the western suburb of Saga, you find little Nonomiya. Go up a few steps and admire the crimson painted shrine and the lovely little moss garden. As with most tourists, it's a five minute stop before entering the attractive bamboo forest walk. A few clicks of the camera, then off again. However for me, this does not compare greatly with the other sights on offer in Saga. I'd say 'give it a miss' but its proximity to the tourist trail means you'll probably end up going there anyway.
Written 30 March 2019
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