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Umenomiya Shrine, Kyoto: 1 reviews and 5 photos
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.
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