Highlights and how to get to Jonan-gu Shrine.

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    Jonan-gu Shrine (城南宮) is a Shinto shrine which is located in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City.

    Five important Shinto shrines called ‘Kyoto-Gosha (京都五社)‘ are in Kyoto.
    (Heian-jingu Shrine (平安神宮)  is located in the center of Kyoto-Gosha.)

    Jonan-gu Shrine has the role of a Shinto shrine protecting a south direction of Heian-jingu Shrine.

    This shrine is very famous for ume garden.
    Many ume trees make a beautiful flower bloom every year when it is spring (Late February – Early March)!!
    In addition, there are five different Japanese gardens in the precincts of this shrine.

    If you want to see a beautiful ume (Japanese plum) blossoms and a Japanese garden, please visit this Shinto shrine.

    So, I went to the Jonan-gu Shrine this time.




    Contents:

    1. The history of Jonan-gu
    2. About Jonan-gu
    3. Information for visitors
    4. The Ume (Japanese plum) Festival in Jonan-gu
    5. The highlights of Jonan-gu
    6. The videos/photos of Jonan-gu
    7. The goshuin (the stamp of shrine or temple) of Jonan-gu
    8. How to get to Jonan-gu
    9. Hotel search & reservation around Jonan-gu

    1.The history of Jonan-gu

    Let’s study the history of this shrine with me before introducing Jonan-gu (城南宮).
    I think that we can enjoy the sightseeing of this shrine more by learning the history of it. XD

    Do you know the gods of the four directions (the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations)?
    The Four Gods in this case are as follows: Genbu (玄武:Black Tortoise) which protects the north, Suzaku (朱雀:Vermilion Bird) which protects the south, Seiryu (青龍:Azure Dragon) which protects the east, and Byakko (白虎:White Tiger) which protects the west.

    Kyoto has been called ‘the place having Shijin-so-o topography (四神相応の地)‘ from old days.
    (in Japanese culture, it is the place that is most suitable for each of the gods of the four directions.)
    Therefore, a capital of Japan called ‘Heiankyo (平安京)‘ was moved to Kyoto in 794.

    Heian-jingu Shrine (平安神宮)  was located in the center of Heiankyo.
    And four important shrines which to protect Heian-jingu Shrine’s four directions were built.

    Direction of the Genbu (玄武:Black Tortoise) is Kamigamo-jinja (上賀茂神社) which protects the north.
    Direction of the Seiryu (青龍:Azure Dragon) is Yasaka-jinja (八坂神社) which protects the east.
    Direction of the Byakko (白虎:White Tiger) is Matsunoo-taisha (松尾大社) which protects the east.

    And,  direction of the Suzaku (朱雀:Vermilion Bird) is Jonan-gu (城南宮) which protects the south.
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    This Shinto shrine has an important role to protect the south of Kyoto from old days.
    It is not known when it was founded, but it has a history more than at least 1,200 years.

    In addition, this Shinto shrine was the imperial palace of the Emperor Shirakawa (白河天皇) in the Heian period (平安時代).
    The Chinese character ‘宮(gu)’ has the meaning of the ‘imperial palace’ and ‘城南(Jonan)’ has the meaning of the ’south of the capital.’

    Therefore, the name of this Shinto shrine is ‘Jonan-gu.’

    2.About Jonan-gu

    Open:9:00~16:30
    Admission fee of the garden:600 yen (High school student or older), 400 yen (Elementary / Junior high school student)
    Address:7, Nakajima Tobarikyucho, Fushimi-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 612-8459, Japan
    Phone Number:+81-75-623-0846
    Foundation:not known (at least 1, 200 years)
    Founder:not known
    Main enshrined deity:Kuninotokotachi no Mikoto (国常立尊)

    Jonan-gu Shrine (城南宮) is a Shinto shrine which is located in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City.
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    It is not known when it was founded, but it has a history more than at least 1,200 years.
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    It has the role of a Shinto shrine protecting a south direction of Heian-jingu Shrine.
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    Many ume trees make a beautiful flower bloom every year when it is spring (Late February – Early March)!!
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    About 150 ume trees are planted in the ‘Shin-en Garden’.
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    In addition, there are five different Japanese gardens in the precincts of this shrine.
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    In this shrine, not only the ume blossoms but also many japanese gardens are beautiful!!
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    An admission fee is 600 yen (High school student or older).
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    Next, let’s see the highlights of Jonan-gu!!
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    3.Information for visitors

    ・Monopod/Tripods and stepladders are prohibited in this temple.

    ・The worship method of a Shinto shrine and a Buddhist temple, please refer to the following article.




    4.Ume (Japanese plum) Festival in Jonan-gu

    Many ume trees are planted in the garden of the precincts, and the ‘Ume Festival’ is held every year in spring.
    The ume blossoms are viewed in Late February ~ Early March.

    It is held in Mid February – Mid March.

    ■YouTube:城南宮の梅祭りと庭園:The garden and Ume-festival in Jonan-gu. 

    5.The highlights of Jonan-gu

    This seal (*) is a pay area.

    東鳥居:Higashi (east) Torii

    This is the Higashi (east) Torii.
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    Letters of the hengaku (framed statement) is written by Imperial Prince Arisugawanomiya Takahito (有栖川宮幟仁親王) who was an initiator of the Arisugawa style calligraphy.
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    西鳥居:Nishi (west) Torii

    This is the Nishi (west) Torii.
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    Letters of the hengaku (framed statement) is written by Hisatada KUJO (九条尚忠) who was the great-grandfather of the Emperor Showa (昭和天皇).
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    城南鳥居:Jonan Torii

    This is the Jonan Torii.
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    This torii’s roof is covered with a tiled roof. It is very rare!!
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    菊水若水(手水舎):Kikusuiwakamizu (Chozuya)

    The water of the Chozuya of this shrine is called ‘Kikusuiwakamizu‘.
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    This water is said to work for all sorts of disease!!
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    拝殿:Hai-den hall

    This is the Hai-den hall.
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    In the case of the shinto ritual, Kagura (chanting and dancing performance dedicated to gods) is held in this building.
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    本殿・祈祷殿:Hon-den・Kito-den hall

    This is the Hon-den・Kito-den which was rebuilt in 1978.
    It was under construction when I visited…
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    末社(西側):Sub-shrine (West side)

    These are the sub-shrines in the west of the main shrine.
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    末社(東側):Sub-shrine (East side)

    These are the sub-shrines in the east of the main shrine.
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    神楽殿:Kagura-den hall

    This is the Kagura-den hall which was rebuilt in 1996.
    In the case of the shinto ritual, Kagura (chanting and dancing performance dedicated to gods) is held in this building, too.
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    むすび殿:Musubi-den hall

    This is the Musubi-den hall.
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    神輿舎:Shinyo-sha

    This is the Shinyo-sha.
    Mikoshi (portable shrine) used for Shinto ritual is kept in this building.
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    春の山(梅園)*:Haru-no-yama:Spring mountain (Ume garden)*

    This is the Haru-no-yama:Spring mountain (Ume garden) in the west of Shin-en garden.
    Contrast of red ume blossoms and white ume blossoms is very beautiful.
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    About 150 ume trees are planted in this garden.
    The ume blossoms are viewed in Late February ~ Early March.
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    These Umenokis are all ‘Shidare ume-tree (a ume tree with drooping branches).’ It’s so rare!!
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    The best season for ume blossoms is also the season for camellias!!
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    Because 100 kinds of plants appearing in the Tale of Genji (源氏物語) are planted in this garden, it is also called ‘the garden of the Tale of Genji.’
    The garden of this shrine was designed by Kinsaku NAKANE (中根金作) who was the garden designer of the Showa period.
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    ●御神木*:Sacred tree*

    This is the tree of cedar of the sacred tree.
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    平安の庭*:Heian-no-niwa (garden)*

    This is the Heian-no-niwa garden.
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    This is the Chisen Kaiyu style garden (a style of Japanese garden with a path around a central pond and spring).
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    室町の庭*:Muromachi-no-niwa (garden)*

    This is the Muromachi-no-niwa garden.
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    This is also the Chisen Kaiyu style garden (a style of Japanese garden with a path around a central pond and spring).
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    桃山の庭*:Momoyama-no-niwa (garden)*

    This is the Momoyama-no-niwa garden.
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    This is the Karesansui garden (dry landscape garden).
    In this garden, water is expressed with a lawn, and an island is expressed with a rock.
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    楽水軒*:Rakusui-ken (Tea house)*

    This is the Rakusui-ken which has a role of a tea house.
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    We can drink green tea in this building. (300 yen)
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    水石亭:Suiseki-tei

    This is the Suiseki-tei.
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    This building has the role of the art gallery.
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    城南離宮の庭*:Jonanrikyu-no-niwa (garden)*

    This is the Jonanrikyu-no-niwa garden.
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    This is the Karesansui garden (dry landscape garden) which is expressed the scene of the late Heian period.
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    貴賓館:Kihin-kan (Guest house)

    This is the Kihin-kan.
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    This building has the role of the guest house.
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    絵馬舎:Ema-sha

    This is the Ema-sha.
    The big ema (votive picture) dedicated to this shrine are displayed in this building.
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    三照宮:Sansho-gu

    This is the Sansho-gu which is one of the sub-shrines of this shrine.
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    Amaterasu Omikami (天照大神:the Sun Goddess) is enshrined in this shrine.
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    唐渡天満宮:Karawatari-Tenman-gu

    This is the Karawatari-Tenman-gu which is one of the sub-shrines of this shrine.
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    SUGAWARA no Michizane (菅原道真) who is God of the study is enshrined in this shrine.
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    真幡寸神社:Mahataki-jinja

    This is the Mahataki-jinja which is one of the sub-shrines of this shrine.
    Mahataki no Okami (真幡寸大神) is enshrined in this shrine.
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    6.The videos/photos of Jonan-gu

    ■YouTube:城南宮の梅祭りと庭園:The garden and Ume-festival in Jonan-gu. 

    ■Flickr:城南宮:Jonan-gu(20170227)

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    7.The goshuin (the stamp of shrine or temple) of Jonan-gu

    Jonan-gu has three kinds of Goshuin.
    One of those (Ume festival version) is on sale for a limited time.
    We can get this goshuin in the Musubi den hall. (300 yen)
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    I got the Ume festival version.
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    8.How to get to Jonan-gu

    The nearest station of Jonan-gu is “Kyoto City Subway / Kintetsu Takeda Station”.
    (We can also go by bus from ‘JR Kyoto Station’, and ‘Kyoto City Subway / Kintetsu Takeda Station’.)

      Timetable and Route Search

    ■Route Example (From Osaka Station to Kyoto City Subway Takeda Station)
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    ■Route Example (From Namba Station to Kyoto City Subway Takeda Station)
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    ■Route Example (From Kyoto Station to Kyoto City Subway Takeda Station)
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    ■When you go on foot from Kyoto City Subway Takeda Station

    It’s about 35 minutes (2 km) on foot.

    ■When you get on a bus from Kyoto City Subway Takeda Station

      Timetable and Route Search of bus

    ・Takeda Sta. (Nishiguchi)

    ・Routes/Destination:South 1/Bound for Katsura Sta.


    Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
    Routes/Destination:South 1/Bound for Katsura Sta.
    Boarding bus stop:Takeda Sta. (Nishiguchi)
    Alighting bus stop:Jonangu Higashiguchi
    Bus fare:230 yen
    Time required:About 5 min

    ・Routes/Destination:South 2/Bound for Nagaokakyo Sta.


    Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
    Routes/Destination:South 2/Bound for Nagaokakyo Sta.
    Boarding bus stop:Takeda Sta. (Nishiguchi)
    Alighting bus stop:Jonangu Higashiguchi
    Bus fare:230 yen
    Time required:About 5 min

    ・Routes/Destination:South 3/Bound for Chushojima


    Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
    Routes/Destination:South 3/Bound for Chushojima
    Boarding bus stop:Takeda Sta. (Nishiguchi)
    Alighting bus stop:Jonangu Higashiguchi
    Bus fare:230 yen
    Time required:About 5 min

    ■When you get on a bus from JR Kyoto Station

      Timetable and Route Search of bus

    ・Kyoto Sta. (Hachijoguchi)[F2]

    ・Routes/Destination:19/Bound for Chushojima


    Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
    Routes/Destination:19/Bound for Chushojima
    Boarding bus stop:Kyoto Sta. (Hachijoguchi) [F2]
    Alighting bus stop:Jonangu (Jonangu Shrine)
    Bus fare:230 yen
    Time required:About 15 min

    ・Kyoto Sta. (Hachijoguchi)[E1]

    ・Routes/Destination:Kyoto Rakunan Express Bus / Southbound bus


    Bus company:Kyoto Rakunan Express Bus
    Routes/Destination:Kyoto Rakunan Express Bus / Southbound bus
    Boarding bus stop:Kyoto Sta. (Hachijoguchi) [E1]
    Alighting bus stop:Jonangu-mae (holyday), Aburakoji-Jonangu (weekdays)
    Bus fare:300 yen
    Time required:About 15 min

    ■When you take a taxi

    From Kyoto Station:1,890 yen ~ 2,320 yen (about 10 minutes)
    From Gion-Shijo Station:2,610 yen ~ 3,200 yen (about 20 minutes)

    ・Let’s show a taxi driver the following phrase.
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    ・If you want to call a taxi, let’s show the following phrase.
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    [Phone number of taxi dispatch : Around the Kyoto Station]*Japanese text only.

    9.Hotel search & reservation around Jonan-gu

    How did you like it?

    Please try to go to this shrine.

    Have a nice trip! XD

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