Kifune Shrine is a Shinto shrine located about 15 km north of central Kyoto.
It is located about 1 km northwest of Kurama Temple, and is in the valley on the west side of the mountain.
It's not known exactly when this shrine was founded.
Shrine's history says that it was founded during the period of the 18th Emperor Hanzei (336-410).
And it says that the buildings were rebuilt around 666 first.
This shrine has been worshipped as the god of water, so rituals for rain had been sometimes done in ancient times. And this shrine is said to bring romance.
This shrine has separately-placed three pavillions. They are dotted along Kibune River.
The main shrine is "Honguu" and is the central shrine rebuilt in 2007.
About 0.6 km north of Honguu, there is "Yui-no-yashiro" (or "Nakamiya"). It is the god of marriage.
If you write your wish on a strip and tie it to a pole, it is said that your wish will come true.
About 0.4 km north of Yui-no-yashiro, there is "Okumiya".
It was the original shrine.
On the mountainside to the east of main shrine, there is Maouden of Kurama Temple.
A mountain trail is set up from main shrine through Maouden to the Kurama Temple.
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