Kyoto Temples & Shrines: Oharano Shrine
Oharano Shrine 大原野神社
History of Oharano Shrine
Oharano Shrine was founded in around 784 when the imperial capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka. Making the move along with the Emperor Kammu was the powerful Fujiwara clan, many of whom had positions of influence at court.
According to myth, the tutelary deity of the Fujiwara clan, Amenokoyane, also moved with them on invitation, riding into the new capital on the back of a deer, hence the several symbolic statues of deer in the shrine's large grounds.
The precincts of Oharano Shrine contain a large pond, vermilion bridge and several ancient trees, including a tall fir tree, said to be over 450 years old.
A spring on the site is said to be where the infant Emperor Seiwa (850-878) was given his first bath.
The Oharano area is also mentioned in the classic Tale of Genji.
The rustic Kasuganochaya restaurant in the shrine serves hearty soba noodles and mochi rice cake desserts in season.
1152 Oharano Minamikasugacho
Tel: 075 331 0014
Oharano Shrine Access - How to get to Oharano Shrine
From Kyoto Station take a JR Kyoto Line train to Mukomachi Station (180 yen, 7 minutes) or a Hankyu Line train from Shijo Kawaramachi Station, Shijo Karasuma or Shijo Omiya to Higashi-muko Station (20 minutes, 220 yen). From both stations take the #63 or #65 bus to Minami Kasugacho, the last stop. The bus journey takes 20 minutes and costs 270 yen.
Nearby Oharano Shrine
It is possible to visit Yoshiminedera and Jurinji temples to the south west in the same day but it means returning to Higashi Muko and taking another bus.