Jishu Shrine, Kyoto
This tiny temple enshrines one of the gods of love and marriage, Okuninushi-no-mikoto. If you're single, come here to see if you'll be lucky at love! There are two stones at the shrine located a distance apart from one another. Stand at one of the stones and close your eyes. If you can successfully make it to the other stone without peeking, you will find true love! If you can't... Go to Izumo Shrine sometime and pray for some luck! If you've already found the love of your life, watch others try it or do anyway just for fun!
There is no way to visit the shrine except to visit Kiyomizu Temple, as it is located within the grounds of Kiyomizu, so you will have to pay 300 yen to visit Kiyomizu Temple, but there is no additional cost to visit the shrine!
This is probably the most visited and crowded place in Kyoto, this is the beautiful Jishu Shrine with the famous Kiyomitzu-dera temple in it at the top of the hill. This shrine is since the year 778 and today it is official a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Behind Kyomizudera's main hall stands Jishu Shrine, a shrine dedicated to love. In front of the shrine are the two love rocks, placed several meters apart from each other. Successfully walking from one to the other rock with your eyes closed is said to bring luck in your love live.
(I didn't make it - too many people there. When I walked into about ten I just gave up!)
Just behind the Kiyomizu Temple is the Jishu Shrine, complete with love rocks. It is believed that if you can walk from one to the other with your eyes closed, then true love is very near. You can also buy a love fortune if you can't wait to find out about what lies ahead.
On the eastern side of town you will fing a walt to remember. You head off of Higashiojji and up into the mountain where one of Kyoto's oldest, busiest and most tourist oriented shopping streets lies. It is also one of the most expensive...
You keep going up until you reach Kiyomizu Temple at the top! This temple costs about 400yen to see...
You may also walk around the many smaller shrines which are free.
One of these is the LOVE SHRINE. There are many spots to pray for love and to say thank you when you have it!
There is a test.
You stand by one stone and close your eyes and walk (EYES SHUOT!!) to the other stone. If you touch the second stone (eyes still shut!!!) you will find your love. If you miss...
Well.. Just don't miss!!
This entire area is crowded and noisy but it is worth it!!
Try to go during the week for smaller crowds.
The Temple closes at 4:30pm.
Jishu Jinja is a young Japanese woman's dream come true. Here, the matchmaking deity resides and the shrine bustles with students and young couples who come here wishing for good luck in love. There is also a Love Fortune-Telling Rock on the premises which is popular with the youngsters.
One just have to drop some coins in one of the booths, and their wish will come true and troubles go away.
The Jushu shrine is situated next to the Kiyomizu-dera, but is independant.
For 1300 years it is known by the japanese as the dwellingplace of the god of love and matchmaking.
In front of the main building there are two stones about 20 meters apart. If a person walks safely from one stone to the other with closed eyes, his or her love will be realized.
The god of the Jishu shrine is Okuninushi no mikoto. His story goes back to ancient Japan history: A rabbit gained what it wanted by deceiving others, it was forced to peel off its skin. Okuninushi, a sweet tempered god, healed the rabbit. That is why you see a lot of rabbit imagines here.
One can buy many good luck charms here. From 500 Yen and up.
The shrine is open from 9:00 - 17:00. Entrance is free.