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.

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.

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History of Umenomiya-taisha

Let’s study the history of this shrine with me.

I think that we can enjoy sightseeing of this temple 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.

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.

Information for visitors

Website

Information

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)

Open

9:00~17:00

Admission Fee

Adults Children
Precincts Free
Garden 550 yen 350 yen

■Other Informations

・Photography and video recording are prohibited inside the building of this temple.

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


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Next, Let’s go to see the highlights of this shrine with me!


Highlights of Umenomiya-taisha

梅宮大社の地図

This mark ‘*‘ is a pay area.

大鳥居:O-torii

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楼門:Ro-mon gate

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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.

拝殿:Hai-den hall

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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.

本殿:Hon-den hall

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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.

東門:Higashi-mon (east) gate

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This is the Higashi-mon gate which was rebuilt in 1824 of the Edo period.

神苑*:Shin-en garden*

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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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It is also known as one of the famous place of the ume (plum) of Kyoto.

池中亭*:Chichu-tei (tea house)*

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This is the Chichu-tei which was rebuilt in 1851 of the Edo period.

手水舎:Chozuya

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When you worship this Shinto shrine, at first let’s cleanse your hand and mouth here.

稲荷社:Inari-sha

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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.

西梅津神明社:Nishi-Umetsu Shinmyo-sha

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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.

Cats of Umenomiya-taisha


Plum blossoms of Umenomiya-taisha

Video of Umenomiya-taisha

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

Goshuin (Red ink stamp)

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Red ink 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)

How to get to the Umenomiya Taisha

梅宮大社の地図

The nearest station is Hankyu Matsuo Taisha Sta.’

(We can also go by bus from JR Kyoto Station, Hankyu Kawaramachi Station and Arashiyama Station.)


From Umeda(Osaka) Sta. to Matsuo Taisha Sta. (by train)

Timetable and Route Search (train)

1.Get on the Hankyu Kyoto Line from Umeda Station to Katsura Station.

2.Change to the Hankyu Arashiyama Line at Katsura Station.

3.Get on the Hankyu Arashiyama Line from Katsura Station to Matsuo Taisha Station.


From Namba Sta. to Matsuo Taisha Sta. (by train)

Timetable and Route Search (train)

1.Get on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line from Namba Station to Umeda Station.

2.Change to the Hankyu Kyoto Line at Umeda Station.

3.Get on the Hankyu Kyoto Line from Umeda Station to Katsura Station.

4.Change to the Hankyu Arashiyama Line at Katsura Station.

5.Get on the Hankyu Arashiyama Line from Katsura Station to Matsuo Taisha Station.


From Kyoto Sta. to Matsuo Taisha Sta. (by train)

Timetable and Route Search (train)

1.Get on the Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line from Kyoto Station to Shijo Station.

2.Change to the Hankyu Kyoto Line at Shijo→Karasuma Station.

3.Get on the Hankyu Kyoto Line from Karasuma Station to Katsura Station.

4.Change to the Hankyu Arashiyama Line at Katsura Station.

5.Get on the Hankyu Arashiyama Line from Katsura Station to Matsuo Taisha Station.


From Matsuo Taisha Sta. (on foot)

It’s about 20 minutes (800m) on foot.


Get on a bus from Kyoto Station

Timetable and Route Search (bus)

①Please get on the Kyoto City Bus No.28 (bus stop D3) and get off at Umenomiya Taisha-mae (Umenomiya-taisha Shrine)

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

[Timetable]Kyoto Sta.[D3]:28(Bound for Daikakuji Temple Via Arashiyama)


Get on a bus from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station

Timetable and Route Search (bus)

①Please get on the Kyoto City Bus No.3 (bus stop D) and get off at Umenomiya Taisha-mae (Umenomiya-taisha Shrine)

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

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


Get on a bus from Arashiyama Station (Weekdays)

Timetable and Route Search (bus)

①Please get on the Kyoto City Bus No.28 (Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae bus stop) and get off at Umenomiya Taisha-mae (Umenomiya-taisha Shrine).

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

[Timetable]Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae (Tenryuji Temple):28(Bound for Kyoto Sta.)


Get on a bus from Arashiyama Station (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays)

Timetable and Route Search (bus)

①Please get on the Kyoto City Bus No.28 (Arashiyama bus stop) and get off at Umenomiya Taisha-mae (Umenomiya-taisha Shrine).

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

[Timetable]Arashiyama:28/Bound for Kyoto Sta.


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.
taxi-call

[Phone number of taxi dispatch : Around the Kyoto Station]*Japanese text only.


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