Toyokuni Shrine: Discover The National Treasure
The area around Higashiyama Nanajo, Kyoto, is an area where many temples, shrines, and national museums are gathered. One of them is Toyokuni Shrine, a shrine that has a long historical significance which we will introduce in this article.
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Totokuni Shrine was once demolished and rebuilt in 1880. The treasure hall, Karamon (national treasure) holds the remains of Fushimi Castle, gem of the Momoyama period. You will also find other Important Cultural Properties here.
Walking through the stone torii gate and standing on the stairs to the precincts, it is very quiet and feels far away from the hustle and bustle of Kyoto which is usually crowded with tourists.
Karamon, the national treasure that represents the momoyama period, is one of the few karamon gates that is designated as a national treasure along with the Karamon gates of Nishi Honganji and Daitokuji.
On both sides of the Karamon gate, you will find Gourd-shaped votive tablets. Many people come to pray for success and good luck.
There is also gourd-shaped amulets that you can buy and bring back as a souvenir and as a good-luck charm.
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