"Umenomiya Shrine" Top 5 Page for this destination Umenomiya Shrine Tip by Rabbityama

Umenomiya Shrine, Kyoto: 1 reviews and 5 photos

  Umenomiya Shrine Garden
by Rabbityama
 
  • Umenomiya Shrine Garden - Kyoto
      Umenomiya Shrine Garden
    by Rabbityama
  • Umenomiya Shrine - Kyoto
      Umenomiya Shrine
    by Rabbityama
  • Umenomiya Shrine - Kyoto
      Umenomiya Shrine
    by Rabbityama
  • Umenomiya Plum Blossoms - Kyoto
      Umenomiya Plum Blossoms
    by Rabbityama
  • Plum Blossoms at Umenomiya Shrine - Kyoto
      Plum Blossoms at Umenomiya Shrine
    by Rabbityama
 

Umenomiya Shrine was originally built in Nara but was moved here after Kyoto became the capital. It is one of the top 22 shrines, so the imperial court made offerings here. It is famous for both sake making and childbirth, thanks to the four gods enshrined here. The story is that Saketokokono and Owakukuno had a child and she made sake in celebration of the birth of her son.

The stone in the shrine precints (Matage-ishi) is said to ensure a woman will someday bear children if she walks over it. An empress is said to have been unable to bear children until after walking over this stone. She was then was able to get pregnant and give birth to a baby boy!

Although the history and such is interesting, the shrine is most famous for its garden. 'Ume' means 'plum' in Japanese, and not surprisingly the garden has many plum trees that bloom in March. It's a nice strolling garden with a pond that travels around the back of the shrine through other blossoming trees and ends in a small bamboo grove.

The shrine grounds are free however, the garden costs 500 yen.

Directions: Located in the Matsuo area, not far from Matsuo Shrine.
Phone: 075-861-2730

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Mar 13, 2012
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse

Comments

Rabbityama Lives Here!

Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 3 7 9
Forum Rank:
0 0 1 4 4

Have you been to Kyoto?

  Share Your Travels