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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Itsukushima Shrine Kyoto

Itsukushima Shrine Kyoto厳島神社京都

Kyoto also has an Itsukushima Shrine. Unlike its namesake in Hiroshima, it is not a World Heritage Site; in contrast, it is barely known to even the biggest shrine afficionado in Kyoto.

That is because it is located deep in the hills of northern Kyoto, in Kumogahata.

The shrine's original name was Kumogahata Benzaiten (after the Buddhist god of wisdom and music), and first appeared in written records before the Meiji Period (1868 - 1912).

At the beginning of the Meiji Period, when religion was repressed the name changed to Itsukushima Shrine to avoid repression.

Today it is a small, rarely visited and beautiful place.

Access

Take the 37 bus from Demachiyanagi to Kumogahata Gakko Mae. About 45 minutes.

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