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Seimei Shrine

#103 of 1,368 things to do in Kyoto
Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Real Magic

The stories that this priest could identify fruit which had within it a poisonous snake; cure an... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
The Villages, Florida

This shrine has some interesting attractions - objects to touch that bring you good luck. You'll... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2012
Ekaterina G
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
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“Real Magic”
30 Jun 2018
“Powerful shrine to make a wish”
This shrine honours an 'onmyou' (principles of Yin and Yang) scholar of the Heian period, Abeno Seimei. The shrine was established in 1007, at the site of what had been his house. It is said to ward off evil.
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806 Horikawadori Ichijo agaru Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8222, Kyoto Prefecture
Nishijin District
+81 75-441-6460
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The stories that this priest could identify fruit which had within it a poisonous snake; cure an unrelenting headache and other magic feats helps to make this small shrine compelling.

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Reviewed 30 June 2018

A lot of famous people in Japan have visited this shrine to make wishes. The gold medalist, Yuzuru Hanyu, is one of them and his wish plaque is on display. The place isn't for everyone--especially those looking for fancy objects and architecture, but it's a...More

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Reviewed 1 December 2015 via mobile

A small temple and not tourist destination. When I visit this temple, not many people around (and I like it). This temple is one of the reason I visit Japan after reading the story of Abe No Seimei. I believe I took the picture of...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2012

This shrine has some interesting attractions - objects to touch that bring you good luck. You'll see people stroking a peach, or a stone or hugging a huge tree. Really funny!

Thank Ekaterina G
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Nishijin District
A district with a long textile heritage, ancient Kyoto
is still alive in the Nishijin District. Studded with
its weaving factories, tea houses, and onsen, the
neighborhood is charming and peaceful with a
self-possessed air. Less traveled than other parts of
the city, it is a district where you can take it at
your own pace. Visitors can explore the many weaving
and cloth houses, the free kimono shows, and the many
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