Temples & Shrines: Nashinoki Shrine
Nashinoki Shrine 梨の木神社
Nashinoki Shrine is located on the east side of Kyoto's Imperial Palace (Gosho), on Teramachi opposite Rozanji (Rozan Tendaikoji) Temple, both are a short stroll from Demachiyanagi Station or Kyoto Prefectural Hospital on Kawaramachi Dori.
Nashinoki Shrine was built in 1885 and enshrines Sanetsumu Sanjo (1802-1859) and his son Sanetomo, who were both imperial advisers in the late Edo Period.
Sanetomo was an ardent supporter of the sonnojoi (Revere the Emperor; expel the barbarians) doctrine and movement, a political forerunner of the Meiji Restoration, which saw the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1868 and the Emperor leave Kyoto and take up residence in Tokyo, which became the new capital of Japan..
Sanetomo was later to become a minister in the new Meiji state established from 1868.
Nashinoki shrine is known for the Somei spring in its grounds, one of the "Three pure springs of Kyoto," which attracts scores of people each day who come to collect the fine-tasting water in plastic bottles.
The shrine's annual hagi or "bush clover" festival is held in mid to late September. The plant can be seen throughout the shrine's pleasant and tranquil grounds.
Nashinoki Shrine is a short walk from Demachiyanagi Station on the Keihan Line or take a Kyoto bus #1, #3, #4, #17, #37, #59 or #205 to the Furitsubyoin-mae (Prefectural Hospital) stop on Karawamachi, from where it is a short walk.
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