Konoshima Nimasu Amateru Mitama Shrine: Silkworms?!

Konoshima Nimasu Amateru Mitama Shrine: Silkworms?!

Konoshima Nimasu Amateru Mitama Shrine. Try saying that really fast.

Not only is the name very long, but this shrine is also very unique. It is a shrine that is dedicated to silkworms! Not only that, but it also has a very unique torii gate on its grounds.

Find out more in the article!

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木島坐天照御魂神社
Konoshima Nimasu Amateru Mitama Shrine

This is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. The area was once home to a clan who excelled in silkworm breeding and weaving. To this day, silk manufacturers are deeply devoted to this shrine leading the shrine to have a nickname “The Silkworm Shrine”.

The uniqueness lies in the Mihashira Torii, which is one of he three rare Torii gates in Kyoto. It ffeatures a shape that combines three torii gates into an equilateral triangle. Currently, it is protected by fences and cannot be approached too closely. It is said that it was used for worshipping from three directions in the past.

Many people visit this temple to see the rare Mihashira Torii which is believed to represent the center of the universe. Back in the days the gates stood on spring water which has currently dried up and became simply just soil.


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Access

📍MAP

🚇 TRAIN

  • Subway Tozai Line: Get off at Uzumasa-Tenjingawa Station (太秦天神川駅) and walk 5 minutes
  • JR Line: Get off at Hanazono Station (花園駅) and walk 7 minutes
  • Keifuku Electric Railroad: get off at Kaikonoyashiro Station (蚕の社駅)

🚌 BUS

  • Take the City Bus / Kyoto Bus and get off at Kaikonoyashiro (蚕の社) Bus Stop

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