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Umenomiya Taisha (梅宮大社) is a Shinto shrine located in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City.

It is famous as a plum-blossom (ume) viewing spots, just like the name.
Plum blossoms come out in March every year.

It is also known as one of the Uji-sha (氏社).
So, it worships the Tachibana-uji (clan) (橘氏) which took an active role in ancient Japan.

In Kyoto, Kamigamo-jinja (上賀茂神社) and Shimogamo-jinja (下鴨神社) of the world heritage are famous as Uji-sha.
(These shrine worship the Kamo-uji (clan) (賀茂氏) which has a past stretching back to ancient times.)

The highlight of this shrine is many ‘cats.’

They live free and easy in the precincts of this Shinto shrine!!
Mitsuaki IWAGO (岩合光昭) who is a famous animal photographer was also visited for coverage in this Shinto shrine.

If you want to spend your time with cats slowly, please visit this shinto shrine.

I visited Umenomiya Taisha this time.

Contents:

  1. The history of Umenomiya Taisha
  2. About Umenomiya Taisha
  3. Information for visitors
  4. Highlights of Umenomiya Taisha
  5. Videos・photos of Umenomiya Taisha
  6. Goshuin (red seal) of Umenomiya Taisha
  7. How to get to Umenomiya Taisha
  8. Hotel search & reservation around Umenomiya Taisha

1.The history of Umenomiya Taisha

Let’s study the history of this shinto shrine with me before introducing of Umenomiya Taisha (梅宮大社).
I think that we can enjoy the sightseeing of this shrine more by learning the history of it. XD

The origin of this shrine is not known, but one theory holds that it already was built in the Nara period (奈良時代).

Therefore this Shinto shrine will have the history more than 1,300 years.

It is also known as one of the Uji-sha (氏社).
So, it worships the Tachibana-uji (clan) (橘氏) which took an active role in ancient Japan.

By the way, the keyword of the history that I want to teach to you in this shrine is…

Oyamatsumi-no-kami (大山祇神)‘ and ‘Amanotamu-zake (天甜酒:Origin of Amazake).’

What are they?
OK, I will explain about these keywords.

‘Oyamatsumi-no-kami (大山祇神)‘ is the main enshrined deity of this Shinto shrine.
He is the one of children of Izanagi-no-mikoto (伊邪那岐命) who is said to have created Japan in Shinto.

Oyamatsumi (大山祇) has the meaning of ‘the Great god of the mountain.’
Therefore, he is the god of the mountain.

In addition, Konohana sakuya-bime (木花咲耶姫) who is his daughter is known as a beautiful goddess very much.
So, he loved his daughter very much.

She married Ninigi-no-Mikoto (瓊瓊杵尊) who is famous as Tensonkorin (天孫降臨) which was one of the ancient event in the Shinto religion, and a child was born.

Therefor Oyamatsumi-no-kami (大山祇神) made Japanese sake which is called “Amanotamu-zake (天甜酒)” and congratulated them.
By the way, as for the Amazake (sweet mild sake), “Amanotamu-zake (天甜酒)” is said to be the original of it.

So, afterwards, he was worshiped as “God of the Brewing” and also called Saketoke-no-kami (酒解神).

Therefore many sake barrels are dedicated to this Shinto shrine. : )
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2.About Umenomiya Taisha

Open:9:00 ~ 17:00
Admission fee (Precincts):Free
Admission fee (Garden):550 yen (Adult), 350 (Child)
Address:30, Umezu Fukenokawacho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 615-0921, Japan
Phone number:+81-75-861-2730
Foundation:Nara period
Founder:TACHIBANA no Kachiko (橘嘉智子)
Main enshrined deity:Oyamatsumi-no-kami (大山祇神)

Umenomiya Taisha (梅宮大社) is a Shinto shrine located in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City.
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It is known as one of the Uji-sha (氏社).
So, it worships the Tachibana-uji (clan) (橘氏) which took an active role in ancient Japan.
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It is also famous as a plum-blossom (ume) viewing spots, just like the name.
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Plum blossoms come out in March every year.
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Admission to the precincts is free.
But admission is required in order to visit the garden.
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Another highlight of this shrine is ‘many cats.’ : )
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They live free and easy in the precincts of this Shinto shrine.
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If you want to spend your time with cats slowly, please visit this shinto shrine.
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Next, let’s go to see the highlights of Umenomiya Taisha!!
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3.Information for visitors

・Cats live a freewheeling life.

・So, please don’t touch them by force and don’t chase them.

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

4.Highlights of Umenomiya Taisha

This mark ‘*‘ is a pay area.

大鳥居:O-torii

This is the O-torii.
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楼門:Ro-mon gate

This is the Ro-mon gate which was rebuilt in 1828 of the Edo period and is on a list of the Registered cultural properties designated by Kyoto Prefecture.
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Many sake barrels are put on the second floor of the gate.
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拝殿:Hai-den hall

This is the Hai-den hall which was rebuilt in 1828 of the Edo period and is on a list of the Registered cultural properties designated by Kyoto Prefecture.
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本殿:Hon-den hall

This is the Hon-den hall which was rebuilt in 1700 of the Edo period and is on a list of the Registered cultural properties designated by Kyoto Prefecture.
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にゃんこ:Cats

Another highlight of this shrine is ‘many cats.’ : )
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東門:Higashi-mon (east) gate

This is the Higashi-mon gate which was rebuilt in 1824 of the Edo period.
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神苑*:Shin-en garden*

There is the “Shin-en garden” which is a type of Japanese garden with a pond in the centre called “Chisen-kaiyushiki garden (池泉回遊式庭園)” in the precincts.
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Because a lot of ume trees are planted in this garden, it is also known as one of the famous place of the ume (plum) of Kyoto.
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池中亭*:Chichu-tei (tea house)*

This is the Chichu-tei which was rebuilt in 1851 of the Edo period.
It has the role as a tea house.
And it is also called the ‘Ashi-no-maroya (芦のまろ屋)
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Ashi-no-maroya (芦のまろ屋) is also known as an utamakura (歌枕), and features in one poem of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (小倉百人一首).
「夕(ゆふ)されば 門田(かどた)の稲葉(いなば) おとづれて 芦(あし)のまろやに 秋風ぞ吹く」
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手水舎:Chozuya

This is the Chozuya.
When you worship this Shinto shrine, at first let’s cleanse your hand and mouth here.
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稲荷社:Inari-sha

This is the Inari-sha which is one of the sub-shrine of this shrine.
Inari Okami (稲荷大神) is enshrined in this shrine.
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西梅津神明社:Nishi-Umetsu Shinmyo-sha

This is the Nishi-Umetsu Shinmyo-sha which is one of the sub-shrine of this shrine.
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Amaterasu-ōmikami (天照大神) is enshrined in this shrine.
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5.Videos・photos of Umenomiya Taisha

■YouTube:梅宮大社(京都)の境内と庭園:Umenomiya Taisha (Kyoto, Japan) 

■Flickr:梅宮大社:Umenomiya Taisha (20170309)

梅宮大社:Umenomiya Taisha (20170309)

6.Goshuin (red seal) of Umenomiya Taisha

Red seal (stamp) is ‘Tachibana (橘)‘ which is the family crest of Tachibana clan.
We can get it in the reception desk of the entrance. (300 yen)
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7.How to get to Umenomiya Taisha

How to get to Umenomiya Taisha is as follows.

The nearest station of Umenomiya Taisha is “Hankyu Matsuo-taisha Station”.
(We can also go by bus from ‘JR Kyoto Station’, ‘Hankyu Kawaramachi Station’, and ‘Arashiyama Station’.)

  Timetable and Route Search

■Route Example (From Osaka Station to Matsuo-taisha Station)
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■Route Example (From Namba Station to Matsuo-taisha Station)
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■Route Example (From Kyoto Station to Matsuo-taisha Station)
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■When you go on foot from Matsuo-taisha Station

It’s about 20 minutes (800m) on foot.

■When you get on a bus from JR Kyoto Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Kyoto Sta.[D3]:28/Bound for Daikakuji Temple Via Arashiyama


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:28/Bound for Daikakuji Temple Via Arashiyama
Boarding bus stop:Kyoto Sta.[D3]
Alighting bus stop:Umenomiya Taisha-mae (Umenomiya-taisha Shrine)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 33 min

■When you get on a bus from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Shijo Kawaramachi [D]:3/Bound for Matsuobashi


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:3/Bound for Matsuobashi
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Kawaramachi [D]
Alighting bus stop:Umenomiya Taisha-mae (Umenomiya-taisha Shrine)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 31 min

■When you get on a bus from Arashiyama Station (Weekdays)

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae (Tenryuji Temple):28/Bound for Kyoto Sta.


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:28/Bound for Kyoto Sta.
Boarding bus stop:Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae (Tenryuji Temple)
Alighting bus stop:Umenomiya Taisha-mae (Umenomiya-taisha Shrine)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 12 min

■When you get on a bus from Arashiyama Station (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays)

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Arashiyama:28/Bound for Kyoto Sta.


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:28/Bound for Kyoto Sta.
Boarding bus stop:Arashiyama
Alighting bus stop:Umenomiya Taisha-mae (Umenomiya-taisha Shrine)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 12 min

■When you take a taxi

From Kyoto Station:2,770 yen ~ 3,360 yen (about 20 minutes)
From Gion-Shijo Station:2,690 yen ~ 3,280 yen (about 20 minutes)
From Arashiyama Station:1,090 yen ~ 1,280 yen (about 10 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.

8.Hotel search & reservation around Umenomiya Taisha

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Have a nice trip! XD

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