Love Stones at Jishu Shrine in Kyoto

The Shrine of Matchmaking near Kiyomizu Temple

Jishu Shrine is located near (or I would say within) Kyoto's Kiyomizu Temple. Dedicated to the deity of love and matchmaking, the love shrine is always crowded with many couples and especially young girls praying for luck in love.

There are two love stones in front of the shrine, placed 18m apart. If you can find your way from one to the other with your eyes closed, your wish will be granted. As the place is packed with many people, it feels like impossible to actually try to get to the other stone, or to do so without people getting in your way and getting you off your path during the day. I would recommend to get there early enough like 9am if you wish to actually try it yourself.

The shrine is registered as one of the World Heritage too. To me, it feels like one of theme park attractions instead of a sacred shrine, but it's an interesting place to visit once together with your friends.

Why don't you stop by on your way to Kiyomizu Temple?



by EmiOnishi

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